Knights Emens basketball eiminated from Liberty League playoff contention by Union, 76-61
Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 1:29 am

Schenectady, NY - Sinking just six 3-pointers in 27 attempts wasn't enough for the Clarkson University Men's Basketball team to overcome the inside presence of Union's forwards as the Golden Knights fell 76-61 in Liberty League action against the Dutchmen Friday night.

The game was an elimination affair for the Knights, who dropped to 15-9 overall and 8-7 in conference games. Clarkson needed a sweep over the weekend to assure itself a playoff spot, as Union won the tie-breaker over the Knights thanks to a victory over Skidmore, who swept Clarkson in the season series. Union moved to 16-7 and 9-6.

Clarkson came out hot with seven points in less than two minutes and 12 points in fewer than five minutes, but a 2-for-10 stretch from the field caused an 11-point swing in the score, as the Knights went from up five to down six in a five-minute stretch. Union took advantage of Clarkson's slump from the perimeter, extending its lead to 12 points at the half. The Dutchmen shot 60 percent (18-for-30) from the floor in the first half, while the Knights made just 38.2 percent (13-for-34) of their attempts from the field.

In the second half, Clarkson scored the first five points to whittle the margin to seven points, but the Knights continued to struggle from the outside and quickly found themselves down by double figures once again. A Felix Llanos (Queens, NY) 3-pointer midway through the half had the Knights trailing by 12 (57-45), but it was as close as Clarkson would get. Union quickly switched the momentum and went up by 20 points, leading by as many as 21 points late, before the final margin settled at 15 points.

John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 5-for-9 from the floor with seven offensive rebounds. Llanos added 13 points, including three 3-pointers, while Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) added 11 points, but was only 1-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc. Entering the weekend, it seemed indubitable that Llanos would set a new mark for 3-point field goals in a season at Clarkson, and the senior did just that by burying his third trifecta of the game. It was his 88th 3-pointer in 2011-12, topping the 87 made by Josh Harner in the 2003-04 season, with Harner getting 28 games in that campaign.