Saints men's basketball team falls to RIT
Junior Ben Crawford scored a team-high 22 points, shooting 9-for-14 from the floor, and Chris Miner added his third double-double of the season, but the St. Lawrence University men's basketball team fell to RIT 82-74 in Liberty League action Saturday afternoon in Rochester, New York.
Crawford also added seven rebounds, one block and one steal for the Saints. Miner netted 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Pierre Coffy and Dom DeRegis added 16 and 10 points, respectively. Coffy and DeRegis also combined for nine rebounds and each recorded two steals for the Scarlet and Brown. Coffy went 2-for-3 from the arc and DeRegis went 2-for-6 for the only 3-pointers for the Saints.St. Lawrence took the lead just twice in the first half of play against RIT. The first, just two minutes into play to lead 4-3, and the second on one of Coffy's 3-pointers to lead 29-28 with 1:45 remaining in the first half.
The Saints never allowed the Tigers to take more than a nine-point advantage through the first 20 minutes and managed to cut their lead to just four points by halftime.
Just over six minutes into the second half, Anthony Lewis gave the Tigers their first double-digit lead off a shot from the arc. DeRegis hit one of his two 3-pointers with 2:42 to play, bringing the gap to just three points. RIT responded on a 6-2 run, increasing its lead once again and the Tigers secured the win shooting 6-for-6 from the line.
Troy Pierre-Louis led the Tigers with 28 points, four assists and three rebounds. Lewis added 16 points, while Robert Aguilera and Jaymee Rosser recorded 10 apiece. Aguilera and Marcell Davis each grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. RIT combined to shot 43 percent from the field and 46. 7 percent from the arc, while Pierre-Louis went 7-for-12 from 3-point range.
RIT edged the Saints in second-chance points, 14-13, but the Saints held the advantage in points off turnovers, 20-15.
With the loss, the Saints fell to 5-15 on the season and 3-10, while the Tigers improved to 9-11 and 7-6.
St. Lawrence will travel to Union and Ithaca on February 9th and 10th, respectively for their final conference weekend on the road.