ROCHESTER, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior forward McKenna Brooks netted 15 points and snagged 12 rebounds while first-year guard Natalie Alfieri scored 15 and junior guard Kelsey Poplawski added 13 points as the Knights saw their 14-game winning streak come to an end at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) on Tuesday night, falling to the Tigers, 79-76.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- RIT (13-3) used hot shooting in the first quarter to take a 26-21 lead. The Tigers went 9-for-13 from the floor, including 6-for-8 from three, in the quarter to jump out ahead of the Knights.
- In the second quarter, Geneseo (15-2) scored just 10 points as the home team took a 45-31 lead into the halftime break.
- The Knights outscored RIT, 21-13, in the third quarter behind six points apiece from sophomore guard Sara Ciotti and Poplawski to draw within six points heading into the final frame.
- Geneseo trailed by 10 points with 7:50 to go in the game, but the Knights cut into the lead with an 11-2 run to move within a point, 68-67, with 3:53 to play.
- With 1:29 remaining, RIT drilled a three-pointer to extend the lead to 76-71, but first-year guard Lindsay Halpin responded with a three, making it 76-74 with 26 seconds to go.
- Trailing by two with seven seconds to play, the Knights sent the Tigers to the line, where they sunk just one foul shot. Brooks secured the rebound on the second shot, giving the Knights one last opportunity to tie the game. Sophomore guard Sara Ciotti got a clean look at the game-tying basket, but the attempt rimmed out in the final seconds.
- Ciotti finished with 11 points while junior forward Alyssa Lesakowski netted 10 points for the Knights as they finished with five in double-figures.
- Geneseo won the rebounding battle, grabbing 47 rebounds, including a season-high 22 on the offensive glass, to RIT's 31, but went just 9-for-17 (52.9%) from the foul line.
- Brooks' recorded her second-consecutive double-double and her fifth of the season.
- RIT finished the night 30-for-62 (48.4%) from the floor, including 12-for-24 (50.0%) from behind the arc.
- Geneseo's 76 points was the second-highest total allowed by the Tigers this season, trailing only No. 7 University of Rochester, (78, Jan. 2).
Geneseo will return to action on Friday when they host State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) foe Oswego for a 5:30 tip.