Men’s basketball can’t get past Geneseo 53-51

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (November 12, 2022) – The Stevens Institute of Technology men’s basketball team cut a 21-point deficit to just one, but fell to SUNY Geneseo 53-51 on Saturday at the Tip-Off for Autism Awareness Consolation Game, hosted by Widener University at its Schwartz Center.

Junior Mike Goodall finished with a game-high 18 points, connecting on six baskets, including three from long range, and as a sophomore Jack Spellman had a game-high 11 rebounds and blocked three shots for the Ducks, who fell 0-2.

Cole Kattan had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Raymond Grabowski added 10 points for the Knights, who improved to 1-2. Saturday’s contest was the first-ever meeting between the programs.

Widener defeated Vassar in the title match 69-51 to win his annual tournament. Dominic Dunn had 30 points and nine boards in the championship game and was named the event’s Most Valuable Player. The Ducks’ Conor Coffey was named to the All-Tournament Team.

After a sluggish first half that saw Geneseo take a double-digit lead, senior Lorenzo Spinazzi found Spellman for a lay-up to open the scoring in the second half. A 7-0 run saw the Ducks reduce their deficit to 12 and Stevens continued to come back in the game all the way to junior Alex Ratner had a steal and a quick layup to bring the Ducks within two points.

The margin remained within one or two possessions until the second year Jack Liedtka drained a long three to bring the Ducks under one. The triple was one of two Liedtka connected during the contest. Kattan sank two free throws to give the Ducks the ball with a chance to force overtime. Geneseo fouled Goodall, who made the first free throw with four seconds left. After a timeout, Goodall intentionally missed the line’s second attempt. Spellman tapped hard on the offensive rebound, but the Ducks couldn’t fire before the final buzzer.

Inside the numbers

  • After Geneseo shot 43.5 percent from the floor in the first half, the Ducks tightened things up in the second half, holding the Knights to just 26.1 percent over the final 20 minutes. The Ducks also forced 12 of Geneseo’s 19 turnovers in the second half.
  • Each team had 11 assists and exactly 30 rebounds.
  • Goodall, Ratner and Spinazzi each had two interceptions.
  • The Ducks blocked nine shots, while Geneseo only managed one.
  • Junior Frank Gelfman made his only field goal attempt.

From the Field – Head Coach Bobby Hurley

  • “Geneseo outplayed us in the first half. I think we reacted well after the half and had a really good second half. We kept them very well and had enough open eyes to give us a chance to win.”

Next

  • Men’s basketball travels to Jersey City for a game against the NJCU on Nov. 16.
  • The Ducks have won two of the last three meetings between the teams, but all three games were decided by a total of 12 points.
  • Links for live stats and video are posted on StevensDucks.com.

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Helen J. Jimenez