Schenectady, NY - Shooting 66.7% from the field and 85.0% from the free throw line, Union College made the most of its chances on offense in the second half and out gunned the Clarkson University Men's Basketball team 87-81 in the Liberty League conference opener Friday night.
The Golden Knights saw their five-game winning streak come to an end, falling to 8-2 overall and 0-1 in conference games. Union improved to 10-1 and 2-0, claiming its ninth straight victory. Clarkson will face Rensselaer at 4:00 pm on Saturday.
The two teams came out a little slow in the first half, but quickly found a shooting stroke. Union led by two points midway through the half, but held the lead for only 16 seconds overall as Clarkson enjoyed a modest advantage throughout the remainder of the period. The Knights led by as many as eight points on two occasions, but Union finished the final four minutes with a 10-4 run to come back within a basket at the break.
In the second half, Clarkson again maintained an advantage, pushing its lead to as many as seven points, but Union used a 19-4 run to extinguish a four-point deficit and run up an 11-point lead in a five-minute span in the middle of the second half. Clarkson, trailing by 10 points with less than two minutes to go, changed the course of the contest by producing a 7-0 run in just 13 seconds to cut the lead to three. However, the Dutchmen made 10 free throws in the final 80 seconds of the contest and Clarkson was unable to finish off the comeback.
The Knights had five players finish in double figures, led by junior guard Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY), who had 17 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Freshman Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) tossed in 15 points, going 5-for-8 from the floor, while Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) and Charles McAllister (Olathe, KS) each contributed 12 points. John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) added 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
For Union, Keven Donohue continued to create problems for the Knights, producing a monstrous 26 points and 18 rebounds for his fourth double-double in the last five meetings between the two teams. Terrell Winney matched Donohue's scoring with 26 points, shooting 8-for-11 overall and 6-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc. Joe Mason also added 18 points including a 10-for-12 effort from the free throw line.