The St. Lawrence University men's basketball team earned a big Liberty League victory against Clarkson University, defeating the Golden Knights 67-65 at Alumni Gymnasium on Tuesday. The Saints, led by sophomore Brady Condlin's game-high 20 points, improved to 5-8 overall and 3-1 in the league. Meanwhile, Clarkson had a last second attempt at the win that fell short as it moved to 10-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
Juniors Janpeter Brase and Payton Stahler joined Condlin in double figures. Brase had 17 points, going 8-for-10 from the floor, and added six rebounds. Stahler had 12 points, shooting 5-for-7 from the field, with eight rebounds.
St. Lawrence headed into the second half trailing by five (31-26), but started to attack the rim more consistently than in the first half and allowed space for its 3-point shooters to get open looks. The Saints went 4-for-9 from the arc in the second half, while the Knights struggled, making only one of their first 13 long attempts before finally getting some clutch shots down the stretch.
Trailing by as many as five points in the second half, the Knights came back and reclaimed a two-point advantage after a 3-pointer from Marques Charlton (56-54). Condlin and Stahler made big shots in the paint to give the Saints a three-point lead, but on two occasions the Knights made big shots of their own to get back within one.
With 5.1 seconds left in the game and a one-point lead, St. Lawrence first-year student Leondre Simmon went to the line and made his first free throw. The second shot hit the front of the rim and bounded out to Charlton near the 3-point line, who raced to the other end of the court and pulled up a contested shot just outside the arc that missed right, allowing the Saints to celebrate the 67-65 victory.
The Saints will host Hobart and RIT this weekend in Liberty League contests. Tip-off against the Statesmen is at 8:00pm on Friday night.