New York, NY – Senior Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY) shot a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line to score a game-high 19 points as the Clarkson University Men's Basketball team closed out its non-conference schedule with a 71-59 victory over the United States Merchant Marine Academy on day two of the NYU Holiday Classic.
The Golden Knights improved to 6-3 overall heading into Liberty League play, which will begin next Tuesday when Clarkson will host Skidmore College. USMMA fell to 5-6 overall.
Clarkson fell behind by five in the first few minutes but went on an 11-2 run over the next four minutes. The Knights would lose the lead briefly at the 6:37 mark, but reclaimed it 18 seconds later. USMMA would get the lead back at 2:48, but once again, Clarkson scored only 29 seconds later and would never trail again, scoring the final seven points of the first half, capped off by a Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) 3-pointer with 59 seconds remaining. The Knights headed into the locker room with a six-point lead (33-27). Both teams shot 11-for-25 from the field, but Clarkson made an extra 3-pointer and also buried five additional free throws for the advantage.
Clarkson pushed its lead into double digits less than five minutes into the second half, but the Midshipmen would not go away, crawling back to within six midway through the half after a 3-point play. However, the Knights would go on a 10-1 run in the next 3:41, pushing their lead to 15 on a Dylan Hodownes (Honeoye Falls, NY) 3-pointer. The momentum switched back to the Midshipmen as once again USMMA pulled to within six at the 2:57 mark. Fortunately for Clarkson, the Knights scored seven of the final nine points to gain a 12-point victory.
Charlton shot just 4-for-13 from the field, but his nine makes from the free throw line allowed him to score a team-high 19 points. Junior John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) tossed in 13 points, going 6-for-8 from the field, adding in three steals. Charles McAllister (Olathe, KS) also scored 10 points and Hodownes produced nine points, six rebounds, and four steals. USMMA was led by Zach Karczewski, scoring 18 points on an 7-for-13 performance from the floor.