Morrisville, NY - For the third straight game, four Clarkson University Men's Basketball players scored in double figures as the Golden Knights extended their season-opening winning streak to three games with a 78-75 victory over Morrisville State Tuesday night.
The Golden Knights improved to 3-0, including a pair of close single-possession victories, while Morrisville fell to 1-2 overall. Clarkson takes on Potsdam next Tuesday after the Thanksgiving break.
Clarkson raced out to an early lead with three straight possessions that resulted in 3-point field goals from Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY), Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY), and John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) and never trailed again for the rest of the game. The Knights extended their lead to as many as 16 points in the first half, following another 3-pointer from Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY), but Clarkson had to settle for just a 10-point advantage at the break as Morrisville ended the half on a 9-3 run.
In the second half, Clarkson was able to maintain its double-digit advantage, leading by as many as 15 points. However, the Mustangs slowly chipped away, finally pulling to within two points after a pair of free throws by Jailaan Kinsey with 4:39 to go. The Knights quickly responded with a jumper from Charlton to push back to a two possession game and kept at least a three-point lead until very late in the contest. Kinsey hit a clutch 3-pointer with 15 seconds to go to pull the Mustangs to within a single point, but Clarkson's Charles McAllister (Olathe, KS) converted a pair of free throws in the waning seconds to keep Morrisville a 3-pointer away from tying the contest. The Mustangs missed a pair of 3-pointers on their final possession as Clarkson held on for the road win.
Jerry Coleman led the team with 19 points, shooting 7-for-12 from the field and 5-for-9 from beyond the 3-point arc. John Coleman added 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting, and added in eight rebounds and five assists. Charlton also tossed in 15 points and Abongo reached double figures in his third straight collegiate game. Overall, the Knights shot 44.4 percent (12-for-27) from beyond the 3-point arc, needing each of the long distance shots in the win.
Jailaan Kinsey and Kucjok Ater each had 17 points to lead the Mustangs, while Rhamel Williams and Brandon Henry contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.