Buzzer beater lifts Continentals over SLU men's basketball, 59-56
Ryan Wright swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Hamilton College to a 59-56 win over the St. Lawrence University men's basketball team in a Liberty League contest at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.
The Saints drop to 8-9 overall with a 4-3 mark in the league, while the Continentals improve to 11-5 overall and 5-2 conference record.Junior Ralph Temgoua paced St. Lawrence with 14 points and eight rebounds. Temgoua made the Saints' lone 3-pointer as the team was 1 of 8 from long distance. Junior Garrett Sharlow chipped in 11 points, five boards and three assists. Sophomore Jon Goldberg scored nine points and first-year student Brandon Rivera added eight off the bench.
The score was tied 30-30 at the break, but Hamilton led for most of the second half with the exception of three ties and a brief 37-36 advantage for St. Lawrence with 13:07 left.
Five straight points by Rivera cut the Saints' deficit to 53-50 with 3:27 left. McDowell made a three from the left corner to push Hamilton's lead back up to 56-50 with 1:40 remaining. Temgoua made a layup 30 seconds later, and Goldberg converted a 3-point play with 25 seconds left to make it a one-point game.
Sullivan missed a free throw with 13 seconds remaining, and Temgoua was fouled going to the basket with eight ticks left. Temgoua made the first free throw to tie the score at 56-56, but missed the second. Hamilton's Ken Click grabbed the defensive board, but a long pass upcourt to Sullivan was too high, and sailed out-of-bounds with 2.6 seconds remaining.
Goldberg inbounded the ball under the Hamilton basket. He tried to pass it to Temgoua at midcourt, but the ball went off his hands and was scooped up by Wright. Wright dribbled once to the left wing and released the game-winner just before the final horn went off.
St. Lawrence shot 54.5 percent (24-44) from the field. The Saints' went just 7-for-15 from the free throw line, including 4-for-12 in the second half.
The Saints will look to rebound with a conference game against Vassar on February 4th. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 pm.