St. Lawrence University junior Brady Condlin scored a game-high 27 points including the game-winning bucket with :10 seconds left, helping the men's basketball team to a 79-78 win over Union College in Schenectady, NY to open the Liberty League season. Senior Al Jones chipped in a season-high 17 points and three steals, while Union was led offensively by Terell Winney's 23-point effort.
The Saints improve to 4-5 (1-0) after shooting 50% from the field, while Union falls to 3-6 (0-1) despite shooting 53% from the floor. The Dutchmen were done in by a 6-for-13 (46%) mark at the free throw line. Meanwhile, Condlin finished 10-for-16 shooting, while Janpeter Brase (10 points, 6 rebounds) and Kieran Miller (8 points, 8 rebounds) were also key contributors.
St. Lawrence was in control throughout much of the first half, building an eight point lead at 32-24 off of back-to-back three pointers from Condlin with 5:35 left in the period. Union would cut into the deficit before intermission off a tip-in before the buzzer by Ryan Whelpley, keeping the Dutchmen within four at the break trailing 39-35.
Winney would pull Union even at 41-41 only 2:19 into the half, only to see Condlin answer with a three minutes later to help push the St. Lawrence lead back to five at 50-45. Lay-ups by Edwards and Miller on consecutive possessions would give the Saints their largest lead of the game at 56-47 with 12:34 to play.
Union refused to go away, and lay-ups by William Hython and Whelpley made it a four-point game, 66-62, with 6:35 remaining. St. Lawrence hung on to its lead thanks to buckets by Jones and Brase, but Winney and the Dutchmen kept coming and eventually took its first lead of the second half at 71-70 with 3:00 minutes left in regulation.
After Jones and Winney traded threes to keep it a one-point game in Union's favor, Edwards buried one from behind the arc for a 76-74 St. Lawrence lead. Deshon Burgess answered with a lay-up on the next possession to tie the score at 76-76, and would give Union the lead at 78-77 with :43 seconds left. St. Lawrence would turn to Condlin, and with the shot clock winding down, he finished in the paint to give the Saints a 79-78 lead as Union called timeout.
The home team would go back to Burgess, but his bid for the win near the basket missed at the buzzer, giving St. Lawrence a thrilling one-point win in its conference opener.
The Saints' victory avenged two losses to the Dutchmen last season, including a 21-point loss in Schenectady. It is the third straight year Coach Chris Downs' team has won its Liberty League opener.
St. Lawrence will look to pick up a weekend sweep tomorrow when it travels to Troy, NY to square off with the Rensselaer Engineers at 4:00pm.