Ervin Mitchell put back the game-winning basket with three seconds remaining on Sunday afternoon, to help the Genesee Community College men's basketball team defeat Herkimer County Community College, 93-92.
Both squads played at a back-and-forth pace in the first half, with neither team holding a lead larger than seven points.
Naquil Jones converted on 4 of 6 three-point baskets for GCC in the opening period and led all scorers with 22 points at the break.
Jones hit his fifth three-pointer of the game to cut the Generals lead down to one early in the second half, and then Genesee used a 6-0 run in a span of just 20 seconds to take a 60-57 lead with 14 minutes to play.
Alastair Cole hit back-to-back threes to give the Cougars a 79-76 lead with six minutes remaining, and Redell Freeman scored five-straight points to keep GCC in front, 89-84 with under three-minutes to play.
Trailing 91-89, Herkimer converted on a 3pt basket with 20 seconds left to grab a 92-91 lead. After a GCC timeout, the Cougars looked to Jones for a game-winning three, but his shot was off the mark. Mitchell was able to elevate for the rebound and with three-seconds remaining, stuck back the game-winner to give Genesee its 18th victory of the season.
Jones finished with a game-high 29 points, Mitchell scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Cole ended with 14 points, Jason Perry-Murray added 13 points and nine rebounds and Dashawn Suber dished out 10 assists and added seven points.
Genesee (18-6, 3-3) will return to action at home on Tuesday night against Jamestown Community College-Olean at 6 p.m.
(Ervin Mitchell (#0 white) sticks back the game-winner)
In the final game of a four-game homestand, the Genesee Community College women's basketball team dropped a 63-49 decision to Herkimer County Community College on Sunday afternoon.
Genesee committed 16 first half turnovers and fell behind early.
Terra Clanton and Breana Gleaton delivered seven points each in the first half, but GCC trailed Herkimer by as much as 20 in the opening period.
Gleaton completed a three-point play to cut the Generals lead down to 30-19, but Herkimer ended the first half on a 19-4 run.
The Cougars got to within 14 in the second half, but could not draw closer as Herkimer extended its lead to as much as 21 in the final period.
GCC had four scorers in double figures, led by Dashawna Jenifer who finished with 13 points. She also grabbed 10 rebounds. Clanton and Gleaton each added 11 points and Shanell Glover recorded a double-double, collecting 12 rebounds and scoring 10 points.
Genesee (5-16, 0-6) will return to action on Tuesday night at Finger Lakes Community College. Tip-off time is scheduled for 7 p.m.