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CANTON - The St. Lawrence University men’s and women’s basketball teams played to a split at home against their Liberty League counterparts from Skidmore at Burkman Gymnasium on Tuesday.

MEN’S GAME

senior Janpeter Brase scored a team-high 13 points and added seven rebounds against Skidmore, however, the Thoroughbreds were able to rally from a six-point halftime deficit behind Aldin Medunjanin’s 16 points and nine assists, leading the visitors to a tight 52-50 Liberty League victory.

Skidmore, which closed with a 42-31 edge in rebounds, improves to 14-7 and keeps pace for a spot in the Liberty League Tournament at 8-4. The Saints (7-13, 3-8) held the lead throughout most of the second half, but were done in by 17 turnovers and a 64% mark at the free throw line (14—22). Neither team shot the ball well from behind the arc, combining for a 6—36 mark (17%).

The Saints held a 25-19 lead at halftime, as their defense held Skidmore to 7-31 from the floor including an 0-9 mark from behind the arc. Rookie Kyle Kobis led the way for the home team with eight points, but three personal fouls sent him to the bench in the later stages of the period. St. Lawrence was able to overcome their own shooting struggles thanks to an efficient offensive presence in the post, as the team scored 16 points in the paint and finished 10-22 (46%) from the floor.

Though St. Lawrence would stretch the lead to seven on a lay-up by Brady Condlin early in the second, the Thoroughbreds answered with a 10-2 run orchestrated by Medunjanin to reclaim the lead at 31-30. His no-look pass to Tanner Brooks for a lay-up with 13:37 to go put the visitors back on top and forced a timeout from the Saints.

While Medunjanin was leading his offense on one end, Brase went to work for St. Lawrence, having his way in the post including a huge dunk that swung the energy in his team’s favor. He scored 10 points in the second half, helping the Saints to a four point lead at 43-39 with 4:40 to play.

Erik Sanders delivered a big three for Skidmore when it needed it most to pull Skidmore within one, and after two St. Lawrence free throws, it was Brian Moore from the corner for three to tie the game at 45-45. Medunjanin gave the Thoroughbreds a 49-47 advantage with 1:14 to play, and after a St. Lawrence turnover, found himself well outside the arc with the shot clock winding down. He unloaded a desperation three that connected with 15.4 seconds left, putting Skidmore up 52-47.

Though rookie Kyle Edwards’ off-balance three followed for St. Lawrence with 5.2 seconds left to close the gap to two at 52-50, Skidmore was able to get the ball inbounds and avoid a foul, running out the clock for the come-from-behind victory.

Tuesday’s game capped a five-game home stand, and the Saints will be in action again on Friday when they visit RIT at 8 p.m.

WOMEN’S GAME

Junior Allison Cady scored in double figures against a Liberty League opponent for the first time this season on Tuesday night, finishing with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead the women’s basketball team to a 63-58 win over Skidmore College in the Burkman Gymnasium. Senior Kelly Legg scored a game-high 23 points and added 12 rebounds, battling Skidmore’s Angela Botiba, who finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

St. Lawrence remains atop the conference standings after winning its sixth straight game, improving to 14-6 (10-1). Meanwhile, Skidmore falls to 9-12 (4-8), and though Jordyn Wartts added 14 points, she finished only 3-for-19 from the floor.

St. Lawrence will hit the road this weekend for a pair of tough conference tests, as the team faces RIT and William Smith. The Saints and Tigers will tip-off at 6 p.m. on Friday.

CANTON WOMEN’S HOCKEY FALLS

In a Division III women’s hockey game played in Aston, PA, former Salmon River Central standout Karley Cree (Hogansburg, NY) netted her 10th goal of the season to tie the game late in the third period, but two scores in the closing minutes gave host Neumann University a 3-1 win Tuesday evening.

The hosts got on the board early as 4:59 into the opening period they were able to take advantage of a Roo infraction for tripping. Just over midway through the power play chance the Knights converted as Shanelle Doucette found Megan Russelo for her fifth goal of the season. The Knights led 1-0 after one.

Neumann (6-14-1) dominated the second period in shots but strong play from Roo goaltender Shayna Dominique (Mistissini, QUE) kept SUNY Canton in the game as it trailed by just one goal after 40 minutes of play.

Cree led the Roo attack all night and her plethora of shots finally paid off when she beat Knight net minder Julia Fair to knot the game at 1-1 at the 15:09 mark of the third. Abbey Diabo (Kahnawake, QUE) and Dana Morrison (Wemindji, QUE) were credited with assists on the Cree score.

The host Knights wasted little time as just 17 seconds later Dru Austin beat Dominique to help Neumann regain the lead at 2-1. Grace Kleinbach and Russelo registered helpers on the play.

With 2:47 remaining in regulation Neumann was whistled for high sticking sending the Roo power play to the ice. After not finding the back of the net the first 80 seconds with the skater advantage, Head Coach Melissa Lomanto pulled Dominique sending another skater to the ice for a 6-on-4 advantage. With just 1:13 left on the clock Russelo netted her second tally of the game, this one coming short-handed with the empty net as the Knights held on for the 3-1 final.

Cree led the Roos (7-13-3) with seven shots on goal in the game.

Dominique turned aside 33 shots for SUNY Canton, while Fair made 15 stops for Neumann.

The women’s hockey team is back in action Saturday when it visits SUNY Potsdam for a 3 p.m. puck drop. The Roos will then host the Bears on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Roos House in their season finale.

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