Beaver Falls, PA – Geneva’s men’s basketball team has come up just short on more than one occasion this season. For head coach Jeff Santarsiero and the Golden Tornadoes they were looking for a season ending victory to close out the regular season and they got just what the doctor ordered with a 78-73 victory over Daemen College on Saturday night. The victory moved Geneva to 14-15 overall, including a 3-7 record in the AMC North. The Golden Tornadoes finished the season with the fifth seed in the AMC North, which will allow them to open the post-season tournament at Notre Dame College next week.
On Saturday night, Geneva opened a 13-point lead mid-way through the first-half at 27-14. However, by the end of the half, Daemen had closed out the half by tying the score at 36-36.
With 8:16 remaining in the second half, Geneva trailed 62-57, but scored the next eight points to open a three point lead on a Greg McDivitt free throw. When Richard Colick nailed a pair of free throws at the 40 second mark, the Golden Tornadoes extended their lead to eight points and subsequently put the Wildcats away.
On senior night, it was Geneva’s three seniors that led the way. Jermaine Ferguson had 24 points to lead all scorers, while Kyle McDermott added 16 points and Mike Ross chipped in with 14 points in the winning cause. The Golden Tornadoes shot an impressive 56% from the field as a team and came away with a complete victory. “This is a good feeling,” said head coach Jeff Santarsiero. “This gives our guys a real lift heading into the play-offs. I believe we can play with anyone if we stay within ourselves and play smart. Tonight was a perfect example of our guys playing our type of game.”
Geneva will start its new season on Wednesday night and will have to run the table on the road if it has any hopes of advancing past the conference tournament. Geneva will travel to Notre Dame on Wednesday and would then move on to the semi-final round next Saturday. The AMC Championship game is scheduled for Tuesday, February 27th.
Geneva is the first college in the country to offer a five-year B.S. /M.S. degree in cardiovascular science technology through Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia.