Bombers down Saints, 82-63
Four Bombers scored in double figures as Ithaca College defeated St. Lawrence University by the score of 82-63 in Tuesday's non-conference matchup in the Burkman Gymnasium.
Frank Mitchell scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Bombers, who improved to 4-3 with the win. Andrei Oztemel scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Bombers, while Tom Sweeney and Sean Rossi added 12 and 11 points, respectively.Sophomore Brady Condlin led three in double digits for the Saints (2-5), but St. Lawrence couldn't overcome Ithaca's 55.6% shooting from the floor. Junior Janpeter Brase recorded 14 points and six rebounds for the Saints, and classmate Payton Stahler added 11 points.
Ithaca used 54.5% shooting from the floor and solid defense in the first half to build a 44-28 lead heading into intermission. The Saints opened the second half with a 10-4 run, cutting the score to within nine points (50-41) around 16:00 on back-to-back three-pointers by junior Al Jones and senior captain Kyle Miller.
The Bombers, however, followed with a pair of three-pointers of their own from Oztemel and Rossi, and shot 57.1% in the second half to stretch their lead back up to double digits where it remained for the rest of the game.
Ithaca held advantages in rebounds (35-23) and points in the paint (42-34). St. Lawrence had one fewer turnover than Ithaca with nine, and shot 44.2% from the floor in the game.
Tonight's contest concludes the 2012 portion of St. Lawrence's schedule. The Saints will be back in action on Jan. 4 when they travel to Oswego to take on the Lakers.