Skidmore men's basketball rallies past Saints, 52-50
St. Lawrence University senior Janpeter Brase scored a team-high 13 points and added seven rebounds against Skidmore College on Tuesday night in the Burkman Gymnasium. However, the Thoroughbreds were able to rally from a six-point halftime deficit behind Aldin Medunjanin's 16 points and nine assists, leading the visitors to a tight 52-50 Liberty League victory.
Skidmore, which closed with a 42-31 edge in rebounds, improves to 14-7 and keeps pace for a spot in the Liberty League Tournament at 8-4. The Saints (7-13, 3-8) held the lead throughout most of the second half, but were done in by 17 turnovers and a 64% mark at the free throw line (14-of-22). Neither team shot the ball well from behind the arc, combining for a 6-for-36 mark (17%).The Saints held a 25-19 lead at halftime, as their defense held Skidmore to 7-for-31 from the floor including an 0-for-9 mark from behind the arc. Rookie Kyle Kobis led the way for the home team with eight points, but three personal fouls sent him to the bench in the later stages of the period. St. Lawrence was able to overcome their own shooting struggles thanks to an efficient offensive presence in the post, as the team scored 16 points in the paint and finished 10-of-22 (46%) from the floor.
Though St. Lawrence would stretch the lead to seven on a lay-up by Brady Condlin early in the second, the Thoroughbreds answered with a 10-2 run orchestrated by Medunjanin to reclaim the lead at 31-30. His no-look pass to Tanner Brooks for a lay-up with 13:37 to go put the visitors back on top and forced a timeout from the Saints.
While Medunjanin was leading his offense on one end, Brase went to work for St. Lawrence, having his way in the post including a huge dunk that swung the energy in his team's favor. He scored 10 points in the second half, helping the Saints to a four point lead at 43-39 with 4:40 to play.
Erik Sanders delivered a big three for Skidmore when it needed it most to pull Skidmore within one, and after two St. Lawrence free throws, it was Brian Moore from the corner for three to tie the game at 45-45. Medunjanin gave the Thoroughbreds a 49-47 advantage with 1:14 to play, and after a St. Lawrence turnover, found himself well outside the arc with the shot clock winding down. He unloaded a desperation three that connected with 15.4 seconds left, putting Skidmore up 52-47.
Though rookie Kyle Edwards' off-balance three followed for St. Lawrence with 5.2 seconds left to close the gap to two at 52-50, Skidmore was able to get the ball inbounds and avoid a foul, running out the clock for the come-from-behind victory.
Tuesday's game capped a five-game home stand, and the Saints will be in action again on Friday, February 14 in Rochester, NY when they visit RIT at 8:00pm.