Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2013, 9:51 pm

Geneseo (8-13, 3-4 NIB 12 West) at Sterling (9-15, 3-4 NIB 12 West)

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Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com

Tonight: 7:30 at Sterling's Musgrove Fieldhouse. Sophomores at 6.

Twitter updates: @CHeimerman_SVM

Saturday: Geneseo does not play.

Starting lineups
Geneseo:
F: Grant Burress, 6-1, Sr. & Austin Frank, 6-7 Sr.; G: Jordan Starkey, 5-9, Sr., Ethan Radue, 5-10, Jr., and Luke Snyder, 5-11, Jr.

Sterling: F: Micah Miller, 6-2, Jr.; C: Zack Everett, 6-2, Sr.; G: Zach Rehmert, 6-2, Jr., Cornell Hartz, 5-7, Sr. and Sterling Thornton, 5-9, Fr.

Why watch: In this battle for third place in the conference, Geneseo coach Brad Storm is hoping his team can bounce back from a lackluster effort in Tuesday's 85-55 loss at Rochelle in a NIB-12 crossover game. The Maple Leafs were so bad in their last game that Coach Brad Storm said of his starting lineup: "We opened it up again because I thought we were so bad, but I don't think anyone really did anything to step up and take a spot.'' That said, Storm hopes to see a different effort from the same group tonight. "Practices have been good, so hopefully we're getting back on track to where we were,'' said Storm. "Hopefully, that was just a little blip on the radar from where we've been the past couple of weeks.'' … Geneseo beat the Golden Warriors 58-50 in their first meeting in November in Geneseo, but Storm knows it is a different team. Sterling has added freshman guard Sterling Thornton but lost senior guard Tre Whittaker. Rehmert also didn't play in that first meeting. … Sterling is coming into this one off a 54-53 NIB-12W loss to Streator, a team Geneseo beat just a few weeks ago.

Geneseo's Storm: "I'm looking for them to come and compete. We can't have the same situation where we're going to Sterling and don't show up ready to play. We need to carry out the game plan. I thought we had a great game plan for Rochelle, and we didn't do any of it. … It will be an intense game – like it normally is. Sterling has a lot of weapons and can come at you with a lot of pressure and sometimes we've struggled with that. We need to handle their pressure and try to play at our pace.''
-- By Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com