Rensselaer Races Past Saints In Hoops
Luke Hicks scored 19 points and Chris Jeffrey added his second double-double of the season, but the St. Lawrence University men's basketball team, but Rensselaer used a 21-0 second-half run to defeat the Saints 73-63 on senior day, Saturday, February 22 at Burkman Gymnasium. The Saints closed the regular season at 8-16 overall and 6-12 in conference play. Prior to today's game, the Saints remained locked in a five-way tie for fifth place in the Liberty League standings, but the Saints held the tiebreaker and will enter the conference tournament as the sixth seed. The Engineers improved to 22-3 and 17-1. Rensselaer will await the winner of the matchup between fourth-seeded Union and fifth seeded Vassar, while the sixth-seeded Saints will travel to third-seeded Ithaca for a first-round game on Tuesday, February 25. Hicks also tallied two steals and two rebounds, while Jeffrey recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Saints.
Brandon Arnold shot 2-for-5 from the arc, finished with 10 points and added three steals. A close battle through the first half, the Saints held the Engineers to just 36.7 percent shooting in the opening 30 minutes, but a layup from Mitchel Wayand gave Rensselaer a 30-29 at halftime. St. Lawrence scored the first four points of the second half, but a 3-pointer from Dom Black tied the game for the Engineers. Hicks then tallied back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Saints up 36-33 with 17:33 to go. The Saints held the lead until the 11:10 mark when the Engineers' Jonny Angbazo scored a jumper to tie the game at 46-46. Rensselaer increased its lead to 61-46 on a 21-point run. Despite another set of back-to-back 3-pointers from Ogdensburg's Cale Sargent to bring the game witihin eight, the Engineers held on for the win. Sargent hit two of three 3-point attempts and finished with eight points and played a turnover free 21 minutes. Wayand shot 7-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-7 from the arc to lead the Engineer with 20 points. Mason Memmelaar finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Black scored 15 points and added six rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Saints shot 44.4 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from the arc, while the Engineers combined for 42.1 and 38.5 percent, respectively. Prior to today's game, the Saints honored to lone senior of the Class of 2020 – Steve Low. Rensselaer will await the winner of the matchup between fourth-seeded Union and fifth seeded Vassar, while the sixth-seeded Saints will travel to third-seeded Ithaca for a first-round game on Tuesday, February 25.
SLU LADIES FALL BUT SEEDED THIRD
First-year Olivia Middleton shot 4-for-6 from the arc and led the St. Lawrence University women's basketball team with 16 points, but the Saints closed the regular season with a 67-64 loss to the Engineers on senior day, Saturday, February 22, 2020. Despite the loss, the Saints will advance to the Liberty League tournament as the third seed. The Saints fell to 17-8 overall and 13-5 in conference play, while the Engineers improved to 16-9 and 12-6, respectively and earned the fourth seed in the tournament. Second to Middleton, Dylan Watkiss and Olivia Barringer both scored 10 points, while Katie Frederick grabbed a team-best 15 rebounds to go with eight points for Scarlet and Brown. Frederick finished with one block, while senior Caroline Rodi recorded one steal and one block. Rensselaer opened a 21-14 lead after the first quarter, but St. Lawrence controlled the second and third, outscoring their visitors 17-13 and 23-14 in each of those frames. Leading 54-48 entering the fourth quarter, Ava McCann hit a 3-pointer to give the Saints a 57-48 lead with 7:41 to play. Sam Krumbhaar scored on a layup to make it 57-50. A steal from Celia Tomlinson, a layup from Krumbhaar, and a jumper from Ines Ortea brought the Engineers back within three points (57-54). Olivia Barringer hit a free throw to break Rensselaer's run, but a 3-pointer from Brielle Sharry pulled the Engineers to within one point and a pair of free throws from Krumbhaar gave Rensselaer a 59-58 advantage. The Engineers pulled ahead 63-58, but Middelton knocked down a 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to pull the Saints back within one. Krumbhaar sealed the win for the Engineers shooting 2-for-2 from the line. "A disappointing loss today, as we found a way to give it up with major breakdowns in the last two minutes," said head coach Dan Roiger. "We are an undisciplined young team that is learning to be consistent in our performance, but also our own worst enemy. When we learn to play each possession like it is the game winner, then we will become an excellent team." Krumbhaar led the Engineers with 25 points, while classmates Ines Ortea and Tomlinson had 16 and 15, respectively. Tomlinson added game-highs of 18 rebounds, six assists and three steals. St. Lawrence shot 41.0 percent from the field and 52.4 percent from the arc and tallied 31 points off the bench, while Rensselaer shot 36.9 percent from the field and recorded 20 points off turnovers. Prior to Saturday's game, the Saints honored the two members of the Class of 2020 – Caroline Rodi and Annabella Pugliese. The Saints will host RIT in a first-round game on Tuesday, February 25. Game time will be announced when made available.