Saratoga Springs, NY - Shooting just 26.7% from the field, the Clarkson University Men's Basketball team couldn't keep pace with its opponents as Skidmore College pushed a modest halftime lead into a 21-point victory over the Golden Knights, 66-45, in Liberty League action on Tuesday night.
The Golden Knights fell to 10-8 overall and 4-5 in the Liberty League and will play a pair of key home games this weekend when they host Rensselaer and Union. Skidmore solidified its spot among the conference leaders with just five games to go in its season, moving to 13-7 overall and 7-4 in the Liberty League.
Though Clarkson started off just 1-for-7 from the field, the Golden Knights used a strong defense in the early going to force turnovers and deny Skidmore from taking advantage of their poor start. In fact, following a John Coleman lay in at the 6:14 mark, the Golden Knights were up by two. However, the Thoroughbreds would regain the lead two minutes later and would never relinquish that advantage.
In the second half, the Knights were able to cut the deficit to as few as four points on a few occasions, but Clarkson never got out of its funk on offense, scoring its fewest points in a game against a Division III opponent in the past five seasons.
Clarkson shot 16-for-60 overall (26.7%) and was just 6-for-27 from beyond the 3-point arc (22.2%). Skidmore was worse from the 3-point line (3-for-16), but made its shots from inside the arc with great frequency, shooting 74.3% from two-point range (26-for-35).
Sophomore Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) had a game-highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds for Clarkson, while Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY) and John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) were each held below double-digits with nine points apiece. For Skidmore Tanner Brooks (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Perun Kovacevic (10 points, 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles. Aldin Medujnanin, Erik Sanders, and Eric Lowry each chipped in 11 points.