Potsdam, NY – An unreal first-half shooting performance from the Clarkson University Men’s Basketball team allowed the Golden Knights to take a 28-point lead at the half and the Green and Gold cruised from there to claim a 75-45 Liberty League victory over Bard College Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights ended a two-game losing streak and moved to 9-3 overall on the season, and to 1-2 in the Liberty League. Bard fell to 4-7 overall and 1-3 in conference games.
Clarkson held a modest advantage the Raptors’ Frank Stortini converted a 3-point play on a lay in and a free throw (13-10), but the Knights scored 20 straight points, including several tough shots in the lane and from the perimeter to create a huge cushion. Just when it appeared like the Knights might cool off on their shooting performance, the team ended the half with four straight field goals, including a last second 3-pointer from Charles McAllister (Olathe, KS) from about 30 feet out. Clarkson shot 19-for-25 from the floor (76.0%) including an impressive 14-for-17 from inside the 3-point arc (82.4%).
McAllister shot 5-for-6 from the floor in the first half for a game-high 12 points, and also added three assists and two steals. Meanwhile, the Raptors generally took care of the ball with only six turnovers, but couldn’t buy a basket, shooting 7-for-29 (24.1%).
The second half wasn’t much different for Clarkson, though the team cooled slightly to shoot 59.1% (13-for-22), but the rate was still enough to maintain a solid lead throughout the final 20 minutes. It wasn’t until the final five minutes of the game that Bard was able to pull back to within 30 points due to free throws. The 30-point margin of victory was the largest ever for the Knights against a league opponent, besting a 28-point win over Vassar in 2002.
McAllister finished with a game-high 17 points, shooting 7-for-9 from the floor and 3-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc. Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) tossed in 13 points, going 6-for-9 from the field, while Dylan Hodownes (Honeoye Falls, NY) and Nate Uline (Gansevoort, NY) each contributed 10 points. Stortini closed with 10 points as the game-high scorer for the Raptors.