Annandale, NY - Scoring on seven straight possessions early in the second half, the Clarkson University Men's Basketball team sparked a 22-4 run that allowed the Golden Knights to pull away from Bard College in a 78-51 Liberty League victory Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights improved to 15-5 overall and 7-4 in the Liberty League with their third straight conference win, while the Raptors fell to 4-16 and 1-12. Clarkson will play the next three of its final five regular season games at Alumni Gymnasium, beginning next weekend against Union College.
Both Clarkson and Bard rode hot shooting streaks to open the game with the Raptors nailing four of their first five 3-point field goal attempts. The Knights were leading by just a single point with less than four minutes to go in the first half, but a Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY) jumper began a 13-0 run to end the second half, giving the Knights a wide advantage as the Raptors failed to convert in the final moments, going 0-for-3 from the field with four turnovers.
Bard began the first half with a three-point play from Frank Stortini, but following a missed shot by the Knights, Clarkson scored on seven straight possessions and expanded its lead to 26 points. The lead swelled to 29 points as Clarkson scored 22 points in a nine-minute stretch while allowing only four. The Raptors strong first-half shooting abandoned them in the second portion of the game, including an 0-for-14 run from beyond the 3-point arc that finally ended with a make on the final possession of the game.
Junior guard Marques Charlton had a game-high 15 points to go along with two assists, pushing him into the top 10 all-time at Clarkson in that category (252). John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) had a solid all-around game with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks, and Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) added 14 points and three steals. Freshman Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) also tossed in 11 points for the Knights.
The Raptors were led by Lamar Powell, who had 13 points, and Stortini, who came through with an 11-point, 10-rebound effort.