Poughkeepsie, NY - Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) and John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) combined for 32 points as the Clarkson University Men's Basketball team secured a key win over Vassar College, 72-54, in Liberty League action Friday night.
The Golden Knights improved to 14-5 overall and 6-4 in the Liberty League as Clarkson remained in a tie for fourth place in the conference standings. Vassar fell to 6-13 overall and 2-8 in the Liberty League. Clarkson will visit Bard College on Saturday to close out its four-game road trip.
Clarkson roared out of the gate and held a double-digit lead for most of the first half. In fact, the last time that Clarkson led by fewer than double figures was at the 7:26 mark of the first half following a pair of free throws from Vassar's Alex Snyder. A 3-point field goal from Jerry Coleman quickly pushed the lead back to over 10, and the Knights enjoyed a sizeable advantage for the remainder of the contest.
Vassar shot just 26.9% from the field in the first half to dig itself the hole from which it could never recover. Though Clarkson didn't shoot particularly well, the Knights more than made up for that deficiency at the free throw line, making 17 of their 22 attempts, including an 8-for-8 performance from Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY), in the second half.
Jerry Coleman and John Coleman each had 16 points to lead the Knights, while Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) nearly completed his first career double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. Charlton also had 10 points while serving out seven assists. Snyder had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Brewers.