St. Lawrence University junior captain Brady Condlin recorded a double-double with a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Saints men's basketball team to a 69-67 non-conference victory over SUNY Potsdam on Tuesday night at the Burkman Gymnasium.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid for St. Lawrence, which is now 2-4 on the season. Meanwhile, SUNY Potsdam falls to 1-4 despite a 15-point outing from Zac Adams. Three players scored in double figures for each team, including Condlin, Kyle Kobis (15) and Kyle Edwards for St. Lawrence and Adams, Josh Blagrove (13) and Rob Duquette for the Bears.
Potsdam came out struggling from the floor in the first half, which allowed St. Lawrence to capitalize and build a seemingly-comfortable 13-point lead, 23-10 after a jumper by Al Jones with 7:14 to play in the opening period. The Bears would chip away at the lead thanks to buckets by Tom Graf and Duquette, and would grab the lead at 26-25 thanks to a three from Joe Estramonte with 1:44 left in the half.
David Hampton would answer for the Scarlet and Brown, burying a three in the final minute to tie the score at 28-28 and set up a dramatic second half.
St. Lawrence would again grab the early advantage in the second half, opening up a six point lead, 40-34, after Condlin made a lay-up and was fouled by Blagrove for a three-point play. The Saints would not give up the lead throughout the period, keeping the cushion at five with 5:00 minutes left after a pair of free throws by Kieran Miller.
Potsdam would answer with a lay-in by Blagrove to cut the deficit to three, and Estramonte tied it on the next possession on a three pointer, 56-56. However, Kobis would give the lead right back to the Saints with a three of his own for a 59-56 lead.
The two teams exchanged baskets throughout the final minutes, with Potsdam pulling to within a basket at 64-62 on a lay-in from Duquette thanks to a great feed into the pain by Adams with 1:23 to play. Kobis would deliver a blow on the Saints' possession, though, burying a three in front of his bench for a five point cushion, 67-62.
With the lead at four, 68-64, Estramonte knocked down a three from six feet behind the arc to keep the Bears' hopes alive trailing by one with :21 seconds left. The visitors had to foul, and they sent Condlin to the line with :14 seconds left and a chance to go up by three. However, his second free throw rattled out, and Duquette earned the rebound for Potsdam. Trailing 69-67, Estramonte had a look for the game-winning three with :02 seconds left, but it hit the rim and sailed out of bounds, giving St. Lawrence the narrow two-point victory.
St. Lawrence was able to win despite shooting only 37% from the floor and only 59% (17-of-29) from the free throw line. The Saints were 8-for-19 from three, while the Bears were much stronger at the charity stripe (19-of-22) but not behind the arc (4-of-14). Potsdam's bench outscored St. Lawrence's 17-10, while the Saints closed with a 40-37 advantage on the glass.
The Saints will be in action again on Saturday, December 7 when the team travels to Ithaca College to take on the Bombers at 4:00pm. The Scarlet and Brown will be at home again on January 4, 2014 when they host SUNY Canton at 1:00pm.