POTSDAM - Committing only four turnovers in the entire game, the Clarkson University mens basketball team was able to overcome a tough night from the perimeter to take a 69-55 win away from its match up against Elmira College Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights improved to 4-1 overall on teh season and will take on Paul Smiths College at 7 p.m. next Tuesday at Alumni Gym. Elmira remained winless in its four games this year.
Clarkson set the tone on the first possession, causing a turnover and getting a fast break lay up in the opening seconds and never trailed in the entire contest.
Elmira would tie the game twice in the early going and was back within two points, 17-15, with 9:30 remaining, but the Knights scored eight unanswered points in less than three minutes, capped off by a three-point play from John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) at the 6:40 mark. Elmira utilized the outside shot to stay close, pulling back to within three, 29-26, on an outside jumper from Derrick Vogel with 2:45 to go, but Clarkson held the Soaring Eagles off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half for a six-point edge at the break, 32-26.
A 3-pointer from Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) in the early going of the second half ended a 9-1 run to begin the half and the Knights would lead by at least double figures for the remainder of the contest. Clarkson would push its advantage to 17 points after a free throw from John Coleman and then extended it to a game-best 19 points after Jerry Coleman (Potsdam, NY) nailed a paif of freebies as well, but a long distance shot in the final minute by Elmira gave Clarkson just a 14-point cushion at the conclusion of the contest.
The Golden Knights shot just 3-for-17 from beyond the 3-point arc, but made up for that light night from outside with impressive interior passing that gave them 19 assists and just four turnovers total. On the other end, Elmira had a respectable 15 turnovers, but with the two teams essentially shooting the same percentage from the field (46.8% Clarkson, 42.0% Elmira), the lack of miscues by the Knights proved to be the difference.
John Coleman finished with 14 points, shooting 5-for-9 from the floor, adding in seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Jerry Coleman contributed 13 points while Nate Uline (Gansevoort, NY) had 12 points with only one miss in his six attempts from the floor. Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY) had a solid all-around game as well with eight points, nine rebounds and six assists.
For Elmira, Chris Cassidy shot 6-for-9 from the field for a game-high 15 points and added in seven boards. Neil Randolph came off the bench for the Soaring Eagles to toss in 12 points, shooting 4-for-8 from the 3-point line.
CORTLAND TOPS POTSDAM
The SUNY Potsdam mens basketball team (1-3, 0-1 SUNYAC) dropped their SUNYAC opener to Cortland (4-0, 1-0 SUNYAC), 86-59. Senior guard Mark Lake, Jr. lead the Bears in scoring with 13 points.
Potsdam claimed an early lead just 17 seconds in the game off of a jump shot by junior forward Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y.). Both teams battled back-and-forth throughout the first half, exchanging the lead 11 times. Cortland began to separate from the Bears at the 7:08 mark when Jesse Winter (Rockville Centre) drained a three to put the Red Dragons on top. Winters three pointer sparked a 9-0 run for Cortland as Potsdam struggle to find the basket. Freshman forward Rob Lamont (Pine Plains, N.Y.) ended the Bears drought with 2:42 remaining in the half. The Bears attempted to mount an offensive but the Red Dragons were up to the task. Cortlands Kevin McMahon (Hoosick Falls) extended the lead with a basket as time expired in the first half to notch the score at 38-30.
The Cortland offense continued to stay red hot in the second half. The Red Dragons went on a tear as they extended their lead to 30 points with 10:30 remaining in the contest.
Senior forward Curtis Pierce (Brooklyn, N.Y. ) and Duquette each notched 12 points.
Senior guard Brian Manning (Elmira) led the Red Dragons with18 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Harrison Hefele (Greenlawn) posted 14 points and five boards. McMahon contributed 13 points and six rebounds. Winter rounded out the top scorers for Cortland with 12 points.
The Bears return to the court this afternoon at SUNY Oswego starting at 4 p.m
Ithaca 65, SLU 64: Devin Shea made two free throws with 3.6 seconds left to give the Bombers (4-0) a win over SLU (1-3) in a nonconference game in Canton.
Kathryn Campbell led Ithaca with 22 points. Kelly Legg scored 16 points to lead the Saints. Allison Cady produced 14 points and Cassie St. Hilaire tossed in 11.
Elmira 62, Clarkson 46: Maria Thannhauser scored 21 points to lead Elmira (3-2) past the Golden Knights in a nonconference contest in Potsdam.
Jessica Zoltowski added 17 points for Elmira. Ashley Loggins led Clarkson (1-4) with 19 points and Leighann Tomita scored 15 for the Golden Knights.
SUNY Cortland 65, SUNY Potsdam 50: Megan Touhey led the Red Dragons (3-2, 1-0) with 23 points in a SUNYAC win over SUNY Potsdam in Cortland.
Katy Briedis led the Bears (1-5, 0-1) with 12 points and Bailey Weigel tossed in 10.