CANTON - Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) couldnt have chosen a better time to bury his only 3-pointer of the game as the graduate student turned a one-point deficit into a two-point lead for the Clarkson University mens basketball team and the Golden Knights gained a measure of revenge in a 69-64 victory over St. Lawrence on Tuesday night at Burkman Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights improved to 13-5 overall and 5-4 in the Liberty League, while the Saints fell to 7-11 and 5-4. Clarkson will take on Vassar College and Bard College this weekend before returning home for a three-game homestand starting on February 8th.
Clarkson led throughout the majority of the first half, holding as much as a five-point advantage on two separate occasions, but it was St. Lawrence that would go into the half with a modest one-point lead, scoring 13 of the final 20 points. Clarkson held a solid advantage on the offensive boards, getting second chances with 10 offensive rebounds. The Knights needed those chances as they struggled slightly from the field, shooting 38.7% (12-for-31).
After being held without a field goal in the first meeting between the two teams, senior Jerry Coleman responded well in the second game with nine first half points. Junior Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY) also added eight points for Clarkson in the opening 20 minutes. Al Jones had 10 points for St. Lawrence, and Brady Condlin tossed in nine points, five rebounds and four assists.
In the second half, Clarkson quickly regained the lead and was up by as many as six points with more than 14 minutes to go, but the Saints rallied and the two teams exchanged the advantage for the remainder of the contest.
After a timeout, St. Lawrence picked up the lead when Condlin hit a jump shot, but Jerry Coleman nailed a 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining to give Clarkson the lead. On St. Lawrences next possession, Nate Uline (Gansevoort, NY) ended the threat with a steal and the Knights were able to make free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory.
Marques Charlton finished with a team-best 18 points and added seven rebounds for Clarkson, while Jerry Coleman and John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) each added 14 points. Freshman Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) also produced 12 points with six rebounds and four assists.
Condlin, a Massena Central product finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Saints, while Kyle Miller and Al Jones added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
SLU WOMEN ROLL
The womens game at Burkman Gym saw the host Lady Saints take early control with a 16-2 run as they completed their regular season sweep over the Golden Knights with a convincing 69-47 decision on their homecourt.
The Golden Knights saw their record fall to 2-15 overall and 0-9 in the Liberty League, while St. Lawrence remained atop the conference standings at 14-4 overall and 8-1 in Liberty League contests. Clarkson will take on Vassar College and Bard College this weekend in southern New York before returning for a three-game homestand in 10 days.
Clarkson started off the game slowly, with Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) making the teams first basket at 16:51. While that isnt particularly late, the Knights would not score again for over six minutes as St. Lawrence built a double-digit advantage. The Knights briefly scaled back to within eight points a few minutes later, but once again the Saints went on a 13-2 run to create a sizeable advantage, taking a 22-point lead (39-17) into the locker room.
Virtually nothing went right for Clarkson in the first half as the team shot 21.7% (5-for-23) and the Saints were hitting at 61.5% (16-for-26). However, the Knights quickly jumped back into the contest in the second half and a Melissa Bogart (Voorheesville, NY) 3-pointer with under 14 minutes to go brought Clarkson back to within single digits at 46-37. At the midway point of the second half, a jumper from Colleen Daley (Orchard Park, NY) had the Knights down by just 11, but a 12-0 run by the Saints pushed their advantage back to over 20 points and effectively ended Clarksons hopes of making a complete comeback.
Sophomore guard Leighann Tomita (Cerritos, CA) had a team-high 15 points to go along with nine rebounds to lead Clarkson and classmate Jovanna Snead (Poughkeepsie, NY) tossed in eight points. Kara McDuffee had 21 points to lead the Saints, and added in 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Lauren Quattrocchi contributed 15 points for the Saints and Cassie St. Hilaire also produced 10 points and seven rebounds.
In a Division III womens hockey matchup on Tuesday, SUNY Potsdam fell 4-2 to Hamilton College at Clarksons Cheel Arena.
Hamilton (10-6-1) got a goal and an assist each from junior forward Nikki Haskins (Quincy, Mass) and senior forward Katie Zimmerman (Plymouth, Mich.) in the win over the Lady Bears (7-11-2). Junior forward Amanda Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) and sophomore forward Izzy Fayerman (Calgary, Alberta)) each had a goal and an assist for the Bears.
The Continentals scored on their second shot of the game. Zimmerman fired a shot on goal and Haskins scored on the rebound 36 seconds into the contest. Potsdam senior goalie Jen Conophy (Glenmont, N.Y.) was solid for the rest of the period. After withstanding another offensive burst over the next few minutes, the Bears offense picked up its energy. At the 11:27 mark, Amanda Lucky tied the game on a wraparound from the right side of the net. Fayerman assisted on the goal. Just 49 seconds later, freshman forward Megan Fitzgerald (Great Falls, Va.) put Hamilton back in front. Conophy got a piece of the puck, but it slid past her. Junior defenseman Jill Tokarczyk (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) and Haskins recorded the assists.
The teams traded chances in an even second period. Hamilton held a 13-10 shot advantage. At 10:38, freshman forward Hannah Bartlett (Mansfield, Mass.) jammed the puck between the left post and Conophys right skate for a 3-1 Continental lead. Freshman forward Grace Murphy (Orlando, Fla.) notched the assist on the goal.
Conophy and Hamilton junior goalie Tori Bogen (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) shut down the offenses the rest of the period.
Just 3:26 into the third period, Zimmerman buried her own rebound on the power play to give the Continentals a 4-1 lead. Bartlett assisted on the play. Eight minutes later, the Bears got back to within 4-2 on an even strength tally from Fayerman. Freshman defenseman Katie Marsman (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Amanda Lucky assisted on the goal. Hamiltons defense clamped down after the marker to seal the win.
Conophy finished with 36 saves, while Bogen stopped 20 shots for her first win of the season. The Continentals outshot the Bears 40-22 on the night.
Next, the Bears head for Pittsburgh for two important conference games at Chatham over the weekend. Potsdam battles the Cougars at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.