The St. Lawrence University men's basketball team defeated Liberty League opponent RIT, 68-53, on Saturday evening in the Burkman Gymnasium. Sophomore Brady Condlin had a game-high 20 points and six rebounds for the Saints, who improved to 6-9 overall and 4-2 in the league. Meanwhile, the Tigers fell to 4-11 and remain winless in the conference at 0-6.
Senior Kyle Miller and junior Payton Stahler joined Condlin in double figures, scoring 14 and 10 points respectively, while combining for 13 rebounds. Junior Janpeter Brase added eight points and nine rebounds for the Saints. Nick Dobson led the Tigers with a team-high 16 points and four rebounds.
It was a back-and-forth affair for much of the opening half until St. Lawrence used a 14-2 run sparked by Condlin over the last 5:00 minutes to take a 40-28 lead at the intermission. In the second half, St. Lawrence stretched its lead to 13 points at 12:26, 48-35, on a pair of free throws.
RIT however, responded with an 11-2 run over the next 5:00 minutes, and a jumper by J.P. Reagan brought the visitors within four (48-44) with under 7:00 minutes left. St. Lawrence was able to push its advantage back into double figures (58-46) when Payton Stahler made good on an old fashion 3-point play with 3:44 left.
A 3-pointer by Michael D'Amico followed by a layup by Dobson brought the visitors back within reach once again (58-51) with 2:20 remaining, but the Saints were a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line down the stretch to close out the 68-53 victory.
St. Lawrence shot 44.9% from the floor during the game, while RIT shot 35.1%. The Saints held a 38-28 advantage in rebounds, but committed four more turnovers than the Tigers with 11.
St. Lawrence will hit the road next weekend for a pair of Liberty League contests against Union and Rensselaer before returning home against Clarkson on January 29.