Potsdam, NY – John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half as the Clarkson University Men's Basketball team defeated Elmira College 75-54 in non-league action Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights improved to 5-2 overall with its second straight victory and are off until January when they play in the NYU Tournament. Elmira fell to 3-4.
The two teams were tied at 17-17 midway through the half and the Knights had a three-point lead (25-22) with 4:32 remaining before ending the half on a 9-4 run which was capped off by last-second layup by Jeremy Liss (Vestal, NY), giving the Knights a nine-point edge at the break.
In the second half, Elmira scored the first shot of the half, but Clarkson responded with a 16-4 run over the next five minutes to extend its lead to 19 points at the 14:12 mark. The lead was pushed to 23 points before Elmira broke out with a 10-2 run and climbed back to within striking distance (58-43) with 8:28, but the Knights put an end to the Soaring Eagles chances with an 8-0 run, and the Knights closed things out a 21-point victory.
Coleman finished with a game-high 23 points, shooting 10-for-19 from the floor, including 3-for-3 from beyond the 3-point arc, and also chipped in nine rebounds. Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY) also produced 19 points, going 7-for-13 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free throw line, and also contributed nine rebounds. Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) shot 5-for-9 from the floor for 13 points and also had four assist and two steals. For Elmira, Neil Randolph scored 20 points, going 6-for-12 from the field and 6-for-7 from the line.