Canton, NY – Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) couldn’t have chosen a better time to bury his only 3-pointer of the game as the graduate student turned a one-point deficit into a two-point lead for the Clarkson University Men’s Basketball team and the Golden Knights gained a measure of revenge in a 69-64 victory over St. Lawrence on Tuesday night at Burkman Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights improved to 13-5 overall and 5-4 in the Liberty League, while the Saints fell to 7-11 and 5-4. Clarkson will take on Vassar College and Bard College this weekend before returning home for a three-game homestand starting on February 8th.
Clarkson led throughout the majority of the first half, holding as much as a five-point advantage on two separate occasions, but it was St. Lawrence that would go into the half with a modest one-point lead, scoring 13 of the final 20 points. Clarkson held a solid advantage on the offensive boards, getting second chances with 10 offensive rebounds. The Knights needed those chances as they struggled slightly from the field, shooting 38.7% (12-for-31).
After being held without a field goal in the first meeting between the two teams, senior Jerry Coleman responded well in the second game with nine first half points. Junior Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY) also added eight points for Clarkson in the opening 20 minutes. Al Jones had 10 points for St. Lawrence, and Brady Condlin tossed in nine points, five rebounds and four assists.
In the second half, Clarkson quickly regained the lead and was up by as many as six points with more than 14 minutes to go, but the Saints rallied and the two teams exchanged the advantage for the remainder of the contest. After a timeout, St. Lawrence picked up the lead when Condlin hit a jump shot, but Jerry Coleman nailed a 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining to give Clarkson the lead. On St. Lawrence’s next possession, Nate Uline (Gansevoort, NY) ended the threat with a steal and the Knights were able to make free throws down the stretch to hold on for the victory.
Marques Charlton finished with a team-best 18 points and added seven rebounds for Clarkson, while Jerry Coleman and John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) each added 14 points. Freshman Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) also produced 12 points with six rebounds and four assists.
Condlin finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Saints, while Kyle Miller and Al Jones added 13 and 12 points, respectively.