Late Free Throws Sink Men’s Basketball In 66-65 Loss To Geneseo

Chad Burridge. Photo provided by SUNY Oswego.
Chad Burridge. Photo provided by SUNY Oswego.

Geneseo’s Mike Hoy hit a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining to give the Blue Knights a 66-65 win over host Oswego State on Saturday night. It was a physical contest as both squads combined to commit 50 fouls resulting in 66 attempted free throws. Hoy led all scorers with 18 points as one of three Geneseo players in double-digits. Chad Burridge paced the Lakers with 15 points, as they fell to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the league. The Blue Knights picked up their first win of the season for a record of 1-3 and a SUNYAC mark of 1-1.

Mike McSloy (So., Kings Park, N.Y.) hit a three-pointer with 14:40 remaining in the contest to give the Lakers their largest lead of the contest at 35-24. However, the Blue Knights scored the next ten points in a two-minute span capped off by a three-point basket by Hoy to pull Geneseo within one point at 35-34. The game then became one of momentum changes as Oswego State built a 58-48 lead with 5:29 to play before the Blue Knights came back to take another one-point lead at 62-61 with 1:51 on the clock.

The squads traded scoring possessions down the stretch until Conor Monaghan (So., Brooklyn, N.Y.) fed Ward for an open layup and a 65-64 edge with 12 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Hoy drove the lane, but drew the foul to go to the charity stripe. He hit both free throws to put Geneseo ahead 66-65. Oswego State pushed the ball up the court, but was unable to get a clear look at the hoop as a desperation shot fell short.

The Lakers play their last game of the calendar year on Friday, Dec. 18 when they travel to Cazenovia for an 8 p.m. tip-off.