Thoroughbreds continue Knights winless streak in Conference match ups
Potsdam, NY – Jeff Altimar sunk a pair of free throws in the waning seconds to record his 1,000th-career point, but the Skidmore senior’s makes were simply insurance as the Thoroughbreds held off a late charge from the Clarkson University Men’s Basketball team to claim a 65-57 victory over the Golden Knights Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights fell to 8-6 overall and 0-3 in league play on the season, losing their third straight conference game by less than 10 points. Skidmore improved to 9-5 and 3-1. Clarkson will look to get back on the winning track Saturday afternoon when it hosts Union College.Clarkson struggled in virtually every aspect of the game in the first 10 minutes of Friday’s contest, but somehow the Knights trailed by just seven points with 8:45 remaining in the half. A 9-0 spurt from the Knights, capped by a Jonathan Hood (Cortlandt Manor, NY) lay up, gave Clarkson a lead with just over five minutes to go. It would be the Knights’ last, however, as Skidmore finished the period with a 9-2 run response to take a five-point lead into the intermission.
The two teams went back and forth to start the second half, and a Felix Llanos (Queens, NY) jumper brought Clarkson back to within a single point, 41-40, with 10:13 left. Still down just two with six minutes to go, Clarkson found itself on the wrong end of an 8-0 run and suddenly down by 10 just two minutes later. From there, Clarkson tried to climb back into the contest, getting numerous chances on the offensive glass, but the Knights couldn’t cut the deficit to fewer than six points the rest of the way, finally settling back behind by eight.
Llanos led all scorers with 16 points and also added seven rebounds, all on the defensive end. Freshman Nate Uline (Gansevoort, NY) added 10 points and six rebounds, shooting 4-for-5 from the floor, while Hood finished with a near double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. Altimar scored 13 points to finish the day at a round 1,000 for his career, and Gerard O’Shea contributed 11 points for the Thoroughbreds.