Knights last second three bounces out as SLU wins 56-53
Potsdam, NY - An off-balance shot from Felix Llanos (Queens, NY) bounded up and out in the waning seconds of the second half as the Clarkson University Men's Basketball team couldn't force overtime against St. Lawrence, falling to the Saints 56-53 in Liberty League action Tuesday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights saw a four-game conference winning streak come to an end, dropping to 13-5 overall and 6-3 in the Liberty League. St. Lawrence improved its standing to 11-8 and 7-4 in the league. Both teams will host RIT and Hobart College this weekend.Clarkson led for most of the first half, but never had a significant advantage, edging out by as many as seven points (20-13) midway through the period following a Dylan Hodownes (Honeoye Falls, NY) 3-pointer from the corner. From that point on, however, St. Lawrence went on a slow, but steady, run, coming all the way back to reclaim the lead after a Tell White lay in at the 3:19 mark, making the score 25-24 in favor of the visitors. The Saints would never relinquish their advantage from that point on, though St. Lawrence finished half with just a three-point lead.
The Saints continued to pound the interior with drives to the basket, led by Ralph Temgoua. Following a short jumper from Temgoua, St. Lawrence pushed its lead to a game-high nine points at 46-37, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Felix Llanos and Tyler Barron (Burlington, VT) pulled the Knights back to within three points with 7:19 remaining. Both offenses stalled somewhat from that point on, but Clarkson was able to get all the way back to within a single point after Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) grabbed an offensive rebound and then buried a mid-range jumper with 33 seconds to go. The Knights forced a turnover to have a chance for the win, but turned the ball over themselves with 6.8 seconds remaining. After a quick foul, Garrett Sharlow made a pair of free throws at the other end to return St. Lawrence to a 3-point advantage, and with fouls to give, St. Lawrence made Clarkson's final possession as difficult as possible, resulting in Llanos' desperation 3-pointer from the corner with 1.9 seconds left on the clock.
Llanos and Coleman each finished with 12 points, while Nate Uline added 10 points and seven rebounds. Barron added eight points.
Temgoua finished with a game-high 16 points, but went just 4-for-15 from the floor while stroking 8-for-11 from the free throw line. He also had a game-best nine rebounds. Terry Parham finished with nine points and five rebounds and Kyle Miller chipped in eight points.