The Genesee Community College men's basketball team went toe-to-toe with nationally-ranked Monroe Community College (No. 13) for the entire fisrt half in a key Western New York Athletic Association matchup in the Cougars' regular-season home finale.
Genesee responded to a 7-0 Tribunes run to start the game by rallying back to take the lead at 16-15 with a Rahmel Thompson bucket midway through the first half. The Cougars would go ahead by as much as four points and hold the lead for most of the latter part of the first half until the Tribunes went on an 8-2 run to take a 38-34 lead at the break.
Monroe came out in the second half just as hot as in the first, but this time Genesee's rally didn't fare as well before dropping the contest 88-67.
Brian Fobbs and Thompson did most of the damage for the Cougars as the pair combined for 42 points and 15 rebounds. Fobbs scored a team-high 22 points with Thompson right behind him at 20. Fobbs may have had a string of double-double performances snapped, but it didn't stop the sophomore from still leading the team in boards with eight. Once again, Thompson wasn't far behind with seven rebounds.
Jarett Haines was Genesee's other double-digit scorer with a dozen points and he led the team in steals with four and co-led the team in assists with four, as Caylen Williams also registered four assists while adding seven points.
Fobbs' 22 points moved him into sole possession of fifth place on the Cougars' all-time scoring list with 1213 points. After starting the game at No. 7 all-time, Fobbs leapfrogged LaShawn Levert (1206 points) and Jason Cornute (1211 points) and now needs just 29 more points to pass current No. 4 Naquil Jones' 1241 total.
The Cougars travel to Jamestown for a 3 p.m. matchup Feb. 24 before rounding out the regular season at Mercyhurst Feb. 28.