The St. Lawrence University men's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Vassar team on Saturday, as the Brewers shot 71% from the floor in the second half en route to a 73-65 win in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Saints had four players score in double figures including three rookies, Kieran Miller, Kyle Edwards and Kyle Kobis.
The Brewers (13-3, 5-2) shot 63% in the game, while St. Lawrence (6-8, 2-3) shot 39%. Miller had another solid outing, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with a team-high seven rebounds for the Scarlet and Brown. Edwards and Kobis combined for 28 points, while Brady Condlin added 14 points and five boards.
Johnny Mrlik paved the way to victory for Vassar with 20 points, while Alex Snyder and Erikson Wasyl each added 16 for the home team.
Vassar was hot from the get-go, starting the game on a 12-0 run including a pair of threes from Mrlik. Despite facing a 13-point deficit, St. Lawrence regrouped and chipped away with solid defense and play on the interior. Lay-ups from Conlin, Miller and Janpeter Brase helped St. Lawrence get within six, 29-23, with 2:25 to play in the half.
Kobis would draw St. Lawrence even in the final minute of the period with a three, tying the score at 29-29, but Vassar escaped the half with a 31-29 lead thanks to a late bucket from Luka Ladan. The Saints finished with 13 points off turnovers to get back into the game.
Though St. Lawrence closed the gap, the Brewers would again open the second half on fire, pushing their advantage back to 10 at 47-37. The Saints would rally yet again, putting together a 7-0 run of their own capped by a three from Condlin to pull the visitors within three at 47-44 with 11:26 to play.
Vassar's hot shooting would prove to be the storyline, though, as the Brewers seemingly never missed down the stretch. The home team posted a 20-6 run in the late minutes of regulation, which propelled Vassar to the 73-65 win. The Brewers used a 26-10 advantage in points in the paint in the second half to seize the Liberty League win.
St. Lawrence will look to rebound on Tuesday night when it travels to Saratoga Springs, NY to take on the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds at 8:00pm.