Miller sparks Saints in 72-66 victory over Union
St. Lawrence University sophomore guard Kyle Miller scored a career-high 20 points, including 6-for-10 from behind the arc, as the Saints men's basketball team upended Union College by the score of 72-66 at the Burkman Gymnasium on Friday night.
The Saints, now winners of two straight Liberty League games, move to 6-7 (2-1) on the season. Meanwhile, Union, which held a single one point lead for a mere 20 seconds on Friday, falls to 8-7 (0-4).Miller, who had 13 points in a win over Vassar last weekend, hit four three-pointers in a span of 3:30 during the first half against the Dutchmen that fueled a key 9-0 run. Junior captain Garrett Sharlow capped the run with a three-pointer of his own, giving the home team a solid 36-24 lead with 3:01 left in the half. Sophomore Nick Meunier would cap the scoring just over a minute later with a jumper, sending the Saints to the locker room up 38-25.
St. Lawrence held the 13-point lead at halftime thanks to 10 Union turnovers while shooting 52% from the floor. The Saints, who had only two turnovers in the opening 20:00 minutes, also had 11 assists.
Union worked the paint in the second half, trying to get Keven Donohue and Matt Covucci going in the low post. However, the duo, which combined for 22 points, was matched by Miller and Sharlow at the opposite end. The Dutchmen got to within 10 after Evan Croll hit a three with 9:50 remaining, but saw that pushed back to 16 after buckets by Miller, Sharlow and rookie Al Jones.
With the lead at 15 points, 71-56, Saints head coach Chris Downs went to his bend in the final two minutes. Though Union put a flurry of points together, including a pair of threes by Matt Petrone, the Saints celebrated a 72-66 victory on their home floor.
Miller closed with a 7-for-13 mark from the floor for 20 points, while Meunier and Sharlow each added 13. Junior Ralph Temgoua also had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Union was led by Donohue and Keith Callies, who had 15 points each, while Covucci had seven boards.
St. Lawrence will be in action again tomorrow in the Burkman Gymnasium against Skidmore College. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00pm.