Blue Knights extend winning streak

The men's basketball team extended their winning streak to seven games this weekend, racking up back-to-back victories against Plattsburgh 78-73 on Friday, and Potsdam 90-77 on Saturday.

Friday night's game was a tough contest against the Plattsburgh Cardinals, in which junior Kyle Stevens scored a team high 19 points with eight rebounds and four assists.

Stevens had a stellar night, shooting 7-10 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arc, which until Saturday's game was a career high.

In the game against the Potsdam Bears, Stevens posted another career-best of 21 points and was the team's second highest scorer.

Saturday's game, however, belonged to senior Scott Morton who, after the team started off slowly, put the team on his back, scoring 28 points with eight rebounds and 10 assists. Morton shot an impressive 11-14 from the line and 8-16 from the field.

"If he's not the best overall basketball player to ever play at Geneseo, he's one of the top two or three," said Steve Minton, Geneseo's head coach.

Another key player over the weekend included junior Brandon Simpson who, according to Minton, "has been one of the most consistent players scoring-wise and rebounding-wise."

Junior Jordan Blair was also an exceptional player, with six steals and an average of 13 points. "He plays as hard as anyone we have," said Minton.

This past weekend was important not only because it helped the Blue Knights maintain sole possession of first place in the SUNYAC, but also because it represented the last two regular season home games for graduating seniors Scott Morton and Jeff Howe.

"They're going to be a tremendous loss. What they give us on the basketball court is something that's going to be very difficult to replace," said Minton.

Both Morton and Howe will graduate among the top players statistically in Geneseo basketball history. The seniors will each surpass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds for their careers.

Minton had nothing but praise for the duo and their performance both on and off the court. "What can't be measured of course is the leadership they've given this team off the court - in showing young guys how you represent not just the basketball program but the athletic department and the college."

The seniors were honored in a brief ceremony before Saturday's game, and their parents were called out onto the floor to share in the moment.

The Blue Knights hope to end their season on a high note as they look ahead to the SUNYAC tournament with away games on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 against Fredonia and Brockport, respectively.