Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - Junior John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) shot 10-for-13 from the floor for a game-high 21 points as the Clarkson University Men's Basketball team broke out of a three-game losing skid with a 76-56 victory over Bard College Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights improved to 8-7 overall and 2-4 in the Liberty League with the win, while Bard fell to 0-6 in conference games and 5-10 on the season. Clarkson returns home this coming weekend with games against RIT and Hobart.
Though Clarkson had an 11-point edge at the half, it was small steady runs that allowed the Knights to build their double-digit advantage. Trailing by one in the early going (7-6, at 14:13), Clarkson used a 7-2 run and a 7-0 run in two different spurts to extend the lead to 11 with 1:23 to go (30-19). In the second half, the Knights saw their advantage narrowed to four points on a few occasions, but Clarkson then utilized a 13-2 push over the course of five minutes to take a 15-point lead, capped off by a three-point play on a lay up and free throw from Dylan Hodownes (Honeoye Falls, NY). The lead would fall to only 14 in the final moments before being extended to as many as 20, which also happened to be the final margin of victory for the Knights.
Coleman had his team-best 21 points while also producing eight rebounds, and senior Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY) tossed in 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Each player is now within four points of eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for their respective careers. Sophomore Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) shot 7-for-11 from the field for 16 points, adding in eight boards as well.
For the Raptors, Siondueh Burnette had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and conference-leading scorer Lamar Powell scored 15. Alex Fabean-Scotch also had 11 points for Bard.
Clarkson shot 32-for-58 in the game (55.2%) and outrebounded the Raptors 35-22 in the contest. Clarkson dished out 19 assists and committed just seven turnovers.