St. Lawrence University junior Ralph Temgoua scored a career-high 29 points, including 17 in the second half, as the Saints' men's basketball team rallied past Skidmore College in the Burkman Gymnasium on Saturday by the score of 74-66.
Temgoua finished 7-of-14 from the field including 4-of-6 from the behind the arc. The Paris, France native was also solid from the free throw line, where he was 11-of-12 for the 29 points. Junior captain Garrett Sharlow also overcame some offensive struggles in the early going to contribute to the victory, totaling 15 points and seven rebounds.
Skidmore, which was led offensively by Melvis Langyintuo's 19 points, held the lead for the final 18:00 minutes of the first half. The Thoroughbreds' largest lead lingered at seven points until Kevin Dahill converted a pair of free throws with 4:38 left in the first half to push the margin to nine, 28-19. However, St. Lawrence responded with an 8-1 run to close the half. Sharlow followed two free throws by hitting a three-pointer in the final minute to cap the first half scoring with home team trailing by only two, 29-27.
Neither team played its best basketball in the opening 20:00 minutes, as the Saints shot 31% from the field and turned the ball over eight times. Despite St. Lawrence's struggles, they remained in the game because Skidmore also shot under 40% and turned the ball over nine times.
The second half was a much different story for head coach Chris Downs' team, as the Scarlet and Brown shot 48% from the field and 50% from behind the arc to take control of the game. Sharlow swung the momentum in St. Lawrence's favor midway through the second half, as he gave his team the lead, 46-45, with a pair of free throws. He then hit a three-pointer from the top of the key that hit the rim, bounced straight into the air and through the basket, igniting an 8-0 run to put the Saints ahead 53-45 with 9:50 remaining in the game.
Skidmore continued to battle, as it pulled to within four a few times down the stretch. However, Sharlow and Temgoua were a solid one-two punch on the offensive end, as they each hit three-pointers in a 2:00 minute span to push the lead back to nine at 65-56.
Though the Thoroughbreds got as close as five with 2:55 to go after two free throws by Jeff Altimar, Temgoua put the game out of reach by converting a three-point play. As he went hard to the basket, Temgoua took a pass from Sharlow, laid the ball in and drew the foul on Dahill. The free throw gave St. Lawrence an eight-point lead with 2:29 remaining, and the team would go on to win by that same margin, 74-66.
Sophomores Jon Goldberg and Kyle Miller combined for 14 points for the Saints, who outscored Skidmore 47-37 in the second half. Langyintuo's 19 points came thanks to a 5-for-10 mark from behind the arc, while Gerard O'Shea also added 18 points for the visitors. Dahill and Altimar also added 12 and 9 points, respectively, but Skidmore was unable to overcome 18 turnovers and being outrebounded 38-29.
St. Lawrence will look to win its fourth straight game on Tuesday when Clarkson University visits the Burkman Gymnasium. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00pm.