St. Lawrence University first-year student Kyle Kobis scored a career-high 25 points on 8-for-10 shooting including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, pacing the men's basketball team past Elmira 67-59 in Elmira, NY on Friday evening.
The victory moves St. Lawrence to 5-7 on the season, while Elmira falls to 5-8. St. Lawrence outscored the Soaring Eagles 26-16 in the paint and 18-8 in points off turnovers while winning the rebounding battle 38-33. Al Jones and Brady Condlin each scored in double figures for the Scarlet and Brown, as Jones had 12 points, five boards and three steals while Condlin added 15 points and three assists. Rookie forward Kieran Miller chipped in a game-high eight rebounds.
"That was one of the nicest wins of the season. Each day, the guys are growing up," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Downs. "Kyle (Kobis) had a tough week last week, but he watched a ton of film, got in and shot and was really focused tonight. I'm pretty proud of the boys tonight."
Elmira struggled against the St. Lawrence defense, as the home team shot below 40% from the field in the game. Neil Randolph led the Soaring Eagles with 21 points and seven boards, while Josh Keys added 12 points.
Elmira came out hot and built an 11-point lead as the Saints struggled offensively in the early going. Keys added back-to-back threes to help open up a 13-2 cushion 6:04 into the game.
St. Lawrence would respond thanks to Kobis, who hit a three and a pair of free throws before a lay-up from Miller to pull the Saints within four at 17-13. The visitors would take their first lead with 1:24 left in the half at 29-28 off a three from Condlin, and Kobis put his team up three with :10 seconds left in the first half. However, Elmira's Oladapo Badmos hit a three in final seconds to tie score at 33-33 setting up a dramatic second half.
Rookie Kyle Edwards' lay-up a mere 10 seconds into the second half would give St. Lawrence a lead they would never relinquish, as they opened the half on a 17-6 run to seize control of the non-conference tilt. Kobis helped open up the game behind a trio of three pointers in the opening 5:00 minutes as St. Lawrence had its largest lead of 11 at 50-39.
That run would prove to be enough, as Elmira would get no closer than four points throughout the remainder of the second half, as St. Lawrence earned the 67-59 win.
St. Lawrence will be in action again a week from today, next Friday, January 24 in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY against Bard College. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00pm.