Clarkson, SUNY Canton Meet In NCAA Openers
In the last of a stretch of three home games, the Clarkson University Men's Basketball team will take on its first NCAA member of the season on Thursday, tipping off against SUNY Canton at Alumni Gymnasium. The Series: The Golden Knights saw a three-game winning streak against the Kangaroos snapped last year as Canton claimed a 60-52 win over Clarkson. The Green and Gold are 9-3 overall against Canton since the first meeting occurred in the 2008-09 season. Clarkson shot just 27.8% from the floor last year and went to the free throw line for only six attempts. Key Stats for Clarkson (1-2): Through three games, the Golden Knights have shown a propensity for getting up and down the floor, averaging 92 points per game. At the same time, however, the Knights are allowing 91 points per contest. Clarkson has made 43 3-pointers so far and that hot shooting from the perimeter has allowed the Green and Gold to produce 21.7 assists per game. Three different players have led the Knights in scoring thus far, with Chris Hulbert scoring 24 in the opener, Jason Phelps producing a career-high 26 in the team's lone win, and Joe Lucas accounting for a team-best 19 in Clarkson's most recent contest. Phelps has turned in a solid line across the board through three games, averaging 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while shooting 56.7% from the floor. Key Stats for SUNY Canton (0-0): The Kangaroos reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history a year ago thanks to a pair of close wins in their conference tournament. Four of the team's five starters return, including the top four scorers from a year ago. Senior Danny Santana was the team's top marksman from beyond the 3-point arc, making 61 3-pointers for 14.3 points per game, while junior Quran Dubois averaged 13.3 points per game. The team's two starting forwards are back and make for a formidable force on the interior. Senior Joseph Werner averaged close to a double-double with 9.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, as well as a team-best 80 assists. Senior seven-footer Andrew Fitch also posted big numbers with 8.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest, but his most impressive feats came on the defensive end, where his length helped produce 91 blocked shots, a figure that ranked second in the nation in 2019-20.
DENESHA, HARMER JOIN ROOS
Brennan Harmer of Madrid-Waddington and Zach Denesha are both looking to make backcourt contributions for the Roos.
Brennan Harmer was a three-sport athlete at Madrid-Waddington competing in basketball, soccer and baseball. Named First Team All-Northern and Second Team All-State in Class C for basketball and finished as the school's all-time leader for boys basketball.
As a senior he lead the Yellowjackets to the regional finals before the season was ended by the COVID-19 pandemic in March. He also played a lead role in NAC East and Section 10 Class C and D Championships.
Zach Denesha played four years of varsity basketball at Hermon-DeKalb where he earned All-NAC West honors and scored over 1000 points.