GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo men's basketball team enters the 2017-18 campaign looking to improve upon last season's 14-12 record. Last season the Knights earned the sixth seed in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament, their sixth-consecutive postseason berth, but were defeated in the quarterfinal round by third seed Oneonta. In his 18th season, head coach Steve Minton will lead a group of 12 returners, along with a handful of newcomers, with the goal of reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
Senior guard Kevin Crockett returns as the team's top scorer, averaging 10.0 points per game last season while junior guard CJ Burke (5.4 ppg) and sophomore forward Tommy Eastman (6.7 ppg) will be called upon to carry more of the scoring load this season. Junior forward Jack Manke started 22 games last season and will look to bolster the Knights' frontcourt along with junior forwards Jordi Menkhorst, Ben Swisher and Sean Avery and sophomore forward Sean Crowley. In the backcourt, senior guard Charlie Zaepfel and Connor Murphy return alongside sophomore guard Terence Rogers and Terrance Nichols.
Five new Knights will complement the squad this year, as transfer juniors Zack Panebianco and Quinn Carey join the team, coming to Geneseo from NCAA Division II institution, Roberts Wesleyan. Sophomore guard Tim Quashie also transferred to the team after spending his freshman season at Bard College. First-year forward Alex Merhige and first-year guard Joseph Harclerode III will also join the Knights for the 2017-18 campaign.
Geneseo opens the season on Saturday with a trip to Arlington, Va. to face Marymount University. The Knights will host Morrisville on Tuesday, Nov. 21 in the home opener and battle Alfred (Nov. 28) before opening conference play with a road trip to Oneonta and New Paltz on Dec. 1 and 2. Geneseo will host local rival Rochester on Dec. 5 and finish 2017 with four straight home games. After a four-game road trip in the middle of January, the squad will host five of its final eight conference games, with the SUNYAC Tournament beginning on Feb. 20.