Crawford eclipses 1,000 points; Saints memn's basketball falls to Skidmore in league play
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 7:59 am

Senior Ben Crawford eclipsed the 1,000-point milestone and etched his name in the Saints' record book, but the St. Lawrence University men's basketball team fell to Skidmore 83-67 in Liberty League play on Friday evening at Burkman Gymnasium.

Crawford, who entered today's game with 995 career points, scored six points to push him over the 1,000-point milestone. St. Lawrence was led by Jordan Huntley and Chris Miner with 12 points each, while Luke Hicks added 10 and Riley Naclerio totaled nine. Huntley went 3-for-5 from the arc, while Miner went 3-for-4 from the floor and 6-for-9 from the free-throw line and led the Saints with eight rebounds.

Skidmore got an early jump on the Saints and quickly extended its lead into the double digits with almost 14 minutes remaining in the first half. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Jack Byrne increased the Thoroughbreds lead to 20 with 8:18 remaining. By halftime, Skidmore still controlled an 18-point advantage over the Saints.

In the second half, Skidmore continued to extend its lead over the Saints, amassing a 25-point advantage with just over 12 minutes to play. The Scarlet and Brown pushed the Thoroughbreds lead back into the teens and a 3-pointer from Huntley brought the Saints within 14.

Unfortunately, that was the closest the Saints would come as the clock wound down, sealing the win for Skidmore.

Skidmore shot an impressive 63 percent from the floor, 64 percent from the arc and 75 percent from the line and was led by sophomore Noah Meren with 28 points, shooting 10-for-15 from the floor. Edvinas Rupkus and Byrne each added 13 points and combined for nine rebounds, while Dakpe Yilep recorded 12.

With the win, Skidmore improved to 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference play, while the Saints fell to 2-4 and 0-1.

St. Lawrence will wrap up its first weekend of Liberty League play, hosting Rensselaer tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.