POTSDAM - Clarkson University fell short at home to North Country Liberty League rival St. Lawrence University while SUNY Potsdam turned back non-league rival Utica College in Division III mens college basketball matchups on both sides of the Racquette River on Tuesday.
SLU 67, Clarkson 65: At Alumni Gym, a last second 3-point shot from Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY) was well contested, and off the mark, as St. Lawrence held on for the win.
The Golden Knights fell to 10-4 overall and 2-3 in the Liberty League, ending their modest two-game winning streak in conference games. St. Lawrence improved to 5-8 overall, but 3-1 in the Liberty League. Clarkson will finish out its five-game homestand this weekend when it hosts RIT and Hobart College.
St. Lawrence and Clarkson started off trading points in the early going with neither enjoying more than a three-point advantage in the first nine minutes. Following a lay in by Christian Collette (Yalesville, CT), Clarkson enjoyed an 11-2 run over the course of six minutes that was capped off by a Charles McAllister (Olathe, KS) layup, giving the Knights a 24-16 advantage. Clarkson held that lead until there was three minutes remaining in the half, but the Knights went scoreless over the final ticks and finished with a five-point lead at the half.
John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) led all scorers with 10 points in the first half, shooting 4-for-5 from the floor. Janpeter Brase matched Colemans performance for the Saints, but had nine points with one fewer free throw.
In the second half, St. Lawrence started going to the rim even more than it did in the first half, allowing some space for its 3-point shooters to get open shots off. The Saints made those shots at a solid clip and went 4-for-9. Conversely, the Knights struggled, making only one of their first 13 long attempts before finally getting some clutch shots down the stretch. Trailing by as many as five points in the second half, the Knights came back and reclaimed a two-point advantage after a 3-pointer from Charlton in the corner (56-54). Massena Central product Brady Condlin and Payton Stahler made shots in the paint to give the Saints a three-point lead, but on two occasions Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) made shots to get the Knights back to within one. With 5.1 seconds left in the game and a one-point lead, St. Lawrence freshman Leondre Simmon went to the line and made his first free throw. The second shot hit the front of the rim and bounded out to Charlton near the 3-point line, and the junior raced down the court to take a shot for the tie and/or win. Charlton pulled up just outside the arc, but had to take an off-balance shot that missed to the right of the rim and fell harmlessly before Clarkson could get another attempt for a tying field goal attempt.
John Coleman finished with 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting for the Knights, adding eight rebounds and three steals. Charlton ended with 13 points and five rebounds and Felix Abongo chipped in 12 points, going 5-for-7 from the floor, with five rebounds. Overall, Clarkson shot just 3-for-19 from beyond the 3-point arc.
For St. Lawrence, Condlin closed with a game-high 20 points, but took 20 shots to get there. Janpeter Brase was more efficient with 17 points, going 8-for-10 from the floor. Payton Stahler, too, was solid with 12 points, shooting 5-for-7 from the field.
Potsdam 79, Utica 66: At Jerry Welsh Gym, senior guard Mark Lake, Jr. (Harlem, N.Y.) led the Bears with 18 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Curtis Pierce (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Potsdam quickly darted out to a 15-4 lead in the first seven minutes of the game. Pierce gave the Bears the early advantage with a 15-foot jumper at the 19:19 mark. Utica senior guard Matt Baldwin (Gloversville, NY) halted the Potsdam momentum with a jumper and sparked a
10-0 run. Freshman guard Joe Estramonte (Greenwich, N.Y.) answered the Pioneers charge with a three pointer with 7:03 remaining. Estramontes three started an 11-2 spurt for Potsdam to extend the lead to 10 with 4:56 left in the half. The Bears continued to role as a jumper by sophomore forward Zac Adams (Potsdam, N.Y.) and a pair of free throws by Lake gave Potsdam the 35-23 advantage at halftime.
The Bears continued to increase the deficit in the beginning of the second half. A quick three-point basket by Lake 30 seconds into the game put Potsdam up 13 points. Utica chipped away at the Bears lead. Junior forward Connor Maisch (John A. Coleman) was able to spark an 11-3 run for the Pioneers with three consecutive baskets from beyond the arc with 10:07 remaining. Estramonte responded again with a jump shot to spark a 13-2 Potsdam run at the 5:09 mark. The Pioneers made a late 7-0 push with 1:55 left in the contest. However, Pierce converted on an old fashion three point play at the 1:32 mark to secure the 79-66 victory.
Junior forward Colin Peterson (Hilton, N.Y.) closed out the Potsdam top scorers with 14 points.
Sophomore guard Aaron Nevins (Buffalo, NY) led the Pioneers (5-11) in scoring with 14 points. Baldwin finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Maisch tallied 12 points and six boards. Junior forward Chris Jeffers (Bishop Maginn) added 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Bears (5-8) are back in action on Friday at home against SUNY Oneonta starting at 8 p.m.
Alfred 89, SUNY Canton 70: Att the McLane Center in Alfred, junior Khalid Vaughn (New York, N.Y.) led the Roos (5-10) with a game-high 23 points and three rebounds. SUNY Canton shot 50 percent from the field and made a season-high 16 steals.
Freshman Michael Pulci (Staten Island, N.Y.) dropped in 12 points off the bench. Sophomore Xzavier Fisher (Plymouth, Pa.) added 11 points and three rebounds. Junior Scott Dixon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had eight points and five steals, and sophomore Tyler Ellison (New York, N.Y.) also had eight points and three steals.
Sean Curran drilled five 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead the Saxons (4-11). Thomas Tsatsis added 17 points and six steals.
The Roos host Morrisville State on Friday at 8 p.m.