SARATOGA - The Clarkson University mens and womens basketball teams both suffered Liberty League setback on the road to their Skidmore College rivals on Tuesday.
Shooting just 26.7% from the field, the Clarkson University Mens Basketball team couldnt keep pace with its opponents as Skidmore College pushed a modest halftime lead into a 21-point victory over the Golden Knights, 66-45.
The Golden Knights fell to 10-8 overall and 4-5 in the Liberty League and will play a pair of key home games this weekend when they host Rensselaer and Union. Skidmore solidified its spot among the conference leaders with just five games to go in its season, moving to 13-7 overall and 7-4 in the Liberty League.
Though Clarkson started off just 1—7 from the field, the Golden Knights used a strong defense in the early going to force turnovers and deny Skidmore from taking advantage of their poor start. In fact, following a John Coleman lay in at the 6:14 mark, the Golden Knights were up by two. However, the Thoroughbreds would regain the lead two minutes later and would never relinquish that advantage.
In the second half, the Knights were able to cut the deficit to as few as four points on a few occasions, but Clarkson never got out of its funk on offense, scoring its fewest points in a game against a Division III opponent in the past five seasons.
Sophomore Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) had a game-highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds for Clarkson, while Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY) and John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) were each held below double-digits with nine points apiece. For Skidmore Tanner Brooks (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Perun Kovacevic (10 points, 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles. Aldin Medujnanin, Erik Sanders, and Eric Lowry each chipped in 11 points.
Sophomore Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) shot 11-for-14 from the floor for a career-high 28 points, but her effort wasnt enough for the Clarkson University Womens Basketball team as the Golden Knights dropped a 64-53 decision.
The Golden Knights dropped a game below .500 both overall and in conference games, moving to 8-9 overall and 4-5 in the Liberty League. Skidmore improved to 9-11 and 4-7.
Clarkson, or more appropriate Loggins, couldnt miss in the early going, as Loggins had 11 points in the first five minutes of the game as the Knights gained a 13-8 advantage after a layup from the games high scorer at the 15:02 mark. However, Clarkson would endure a very long scoreless stretch that almost saw the team go pointless for the remainder of the half. Loggins made a layup and a free throw with 23 seconds to go in the half, ending a 14 minute, 39 second drought. Skidmore didnt take much advantage with its own seven-minute quiet period, and headed into the locker room with only a 19-16 lead.
In the second half, Skidmore gained a small lead in the early going, but Clarkson rallied back to tie the score thanks to some strong shooting from junior guard Jovanna Snead (Poughkeepsie, NY). The Knights never regained the lead, however, and fould themselves down by three with just over two minutes to go. Some clutch shooting from the outside and from the free throw line by Skidmore ended the Knights hopes of a comeback.
Loggins recorded 28 points, a new career-high that surpassed her 27-point effort against William Smith in January 2013, and added in three assists and three steals. Snead produced 13 points, going 4-6 from the field a perfect 3-3 from the 3-point line. For Skidmore, Jordyn Wartts and Molly McLaughlin each tallied 16 points. Clarkson shot better than Skidmore in the game, but the Thoroughbreds had 17 second-chance points compared to Clarksons two. The Knights were limited to just four offensive rebounds in the game.
SUNY CANTON SWEPT
SUNY Morrisville 76, SUNY Canton 70: In the mens game
Jailaan Kinsey scored 19 points to lead the Mustangs (12-6) past SUNY Canton in a nonconference game in Morrisville.
Will Thomas tallied 15 points and Sherard King added 10 for Morrisville State.
Khalil Bratton led SUNY Canton (5-13) with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Sam Annorh scored 20 points, Romario Fletcher 12 and Kam Peterkin 10 for the Kangaroos.
SUNY Morrisville 58, SUNY Canton 45 (OT): In the womens game, Jordan Anderson scored 21 points and added seven assists and eight steals to lead the Mustangs (5-13) to an overtime win over SUNY Canton in a nonconference game. The Mustangs had a 16-3 edge in overtime.
Jennel Paul added 17 points for Morrisville State.
Brianna Sayer led SUNY Canton (5-14) with 17 points and Joelle Percy tallied 16, including a 3-pointer with five seconds left in the second half to force overtime.