Beaver Falls, PA- After falling behind Washington & Jefferson by double digits in the first half, Geneva fought back to cut the deficit to a single basket twice in the second half but could get no closer. Geneva, 4-13 overall, finishes the first half of the PAC season winless at 0-8 after a 80-68 loss.
"We could get the game close but every time we got to those crucial times, we missed a shot or turned the ball over," said Geneva coach Jeff Santarsiero. "We′re still looking for our identity and maybe at the halfway point of the conference season we can regroup."
Despite the loss, there were positive signs that the second half will be a better one. The Golden Tornadoes made 15 of 21 free throws after shooting less than 50% in the second half and overtime of an overtime loss to Westminster - a flaw that cost them a win.
Tyler Damazo (Blackhawk) continued his hot hand as well. After making eight of 11 field goals (including the game-tying tip with less than a second left) against Westminster, Damazo made seven of nine against W&J and scored 16 points for the second straight game. He also had 10 rebounds to record a double-double.
Senior Jordan Harbison (Portersville Christian School) led Geneva with 21 points, the 14th time in 17 games he scored on double digits and freshman Chaese Vaudrin (Uniontown, OH) added 11.
The men open the second half of the conference season Saturday at 3:00 at Thiel.
"The first half of the conference season has been a nightmare," said Santarsiero. "We′ll try to make the second half into a fairy tale."
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