Crawford nets fifth double-double; Saints fall to Ithaca, 82-67
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 8:14 am

First-year Brandon Arnold recorded a season-high 14 points, while junior Ben Crawford netted his fifth double-double of the season, shooting 10-for-16 from the field, accumulating 27 points and 16 assists, but the St. Lawrence University men's basketball team fell to Ithaca, 82-67, in a Liberty League contest Friday evening in Burkman Gymnasium.

Dom DeRegis, Chris Miner and first-year Kevin Murray each added seven points for the Scarlet and Brown, a career-high for Murray. Classmates Pierre Coffy and Cam Keeley combined for seven rebounds for the Saints.

Despite a quick lead from the Bombers, the Saints rallied multiple times to keep an evenly paced game through the first half of play. David Gagas landed a deep 3-pointer cutting Ithaca's lead to only two points with just under 11 minutes to play in the first.

Another 3-pointer, this time from Arnold, and a good free-throw from Crawford in the final seconds of the first half helped dwindle the Bombers lead to six points heading into the locker room.

The Bomber's made quick work of rebuilding their lead early in the second half. Thompson hit one of his seven 3-pointers giving Ithaca a 10-point advantage nearing the 14-minute mark. Cooper Macklin extended that margin to 14 points with 8:21 to play.

A high-scoring Bomber offense continued to strengthen their lead down the stretch earning their fifth Liberty League win of the season.

Ithaca was led by Riley Thompson with 27 points and three rebounds, while Matt Flood and Cooper Macklin rounded out the top three scorers adding 12 and 11 points, respectively. Thompson shot 9-for17 from the field and 7-for-14 from the arc.

With the loss, the Saints fell to 3-10 on the season and 1-5 in conference play, while the Bombers improved to 10-3 and 5-1.

The Saints will return to Burkman Gymnasium tomorrow afternoon to take on Union at 4 p.m.