Strong start helps Saints top Engineers, 68-52
Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 10:50 pm

The St. Lawrence University men's basketball team scored 32 of the game's first 37 points and the Saints went on to earn a 68-52 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in a Liberty League contest at East Campus Arena.

Sophomore Brady Condlin led all scorers with a career-high 26 points, while junior Payton Stahler also scored a career-high 20 for the Saints, who improve to 7-10Payton Stahler '14 had a career-high 20 points for the Saints on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Tara Freeman.Payton Stahler '14 had a career-high 20 points for the Saints on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Tara Freeman. overall and 4-4 in the league. Meanwhile, Rensselaer falls to 9-8 and 4-4.

The game began with St. Lawrence taking a one point lead, 5-4, at the 17:26 mark but it quickly turned as the Saints went on a 27-1 run over the course of the next 14 minutes for a 32-5 advantage with 3:35 left in the opening frame. Condlin scored 12 of his points in that span, while Stahler scored seven. First year student Marty Lewis added six and senior Kyle Miller added five points. RPI countered with a 13-4 run to close the half for a 36-18 halftime deficit.

The Saints made 13 of 27 shots (48.1%) in the first half, while the Engineers were 7 of 32 (21.9%), including 3 of 16 (18.8%) from three-point range.

A strong start to the second half brought RPI to within 10 points (48-38) midway through. St. Lawrence, however, answered by scoring nine of the next 12 points and eventually built its lead back to 19 points before winning by 16.

Condlin made 8 of 11 field goals and 9 of 11 free throws to lead all scorers with his 26 points. He also had eight rebounds in 33 minutes. Stahler also had eight rebounds, along with two assists and a block. Miller finished with nine points and Lewis had six for the Saints, who shot 50% (22 of 44) in the game. SLU also held a 44-29 advantage in rebounds.

St. Lawrence is set to host Clarkson on Tuesday in the Burkman Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 8pm.