RIT Downs SLU; Sargent Scores 11 For Saints
Jeffrey Double-Doubles, Saints Fall to RIT on the Road
Chris Jeffrey recorded his third double-double of the season, leading the Saints with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but a strong second half powered RIT to a 80-61 win over the St. Lawrence University men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in Rochester, New York. Jeffrey also added two blocks, while Trent Adamson and Cale Sargent scored 11 points each and Andrew Geschickter added nine. Adamson, Geschickter and Brandon Arnold tallied two steals apiece for the Scarlet and Brown.
Sargent continued has efficient play off the bench scoring his 11 points on 5-9 shooting and also contributed five rebounds and two steals. RIT built an 11-point lead over the Saints just three minutes into the first half and held the lead through the majority of the first half. A 3-pointer from Luke Hicks sparked a 12-2 run with 6:36 to play and Brandon Arnold landed another 3-pointer with 51 seconds to play giving the Saints a 35-34 lead at halftime and their first lead of the game. The Tigers regained the lead to open the second half on a shot from the arc by Curtis Nesbit and never looked back. The Saints kept the Tigers within single digits, but a 3-pointer from Keegan Ocorr put the Tigers back up by 11 and back-to-back dunks from Michael Smith and Cobey Adekanbi increased the Tigers lead to 15 with 4:04 to play. The Tigers shot 7-for-8 from the line for the win. Nesbit led the four Tigers in double-digit scoring with 20 points. Ocorr finished with 18, while Adekanbi added 13 and Michael Young finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Tigers shot 45.8 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point range, while the Saints shot 41.2 and 29.4 percent, respectively. The Saints fell to 7-13 overall and 5-9 in league play, while the Tigers improved to 7-14 and 4-10. St. Lawrence will travel to Skidmore and Ithaca next weekend. Tip off against the Thoroughbreds is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 15.
FREDERICK'S 32 POINTS LEAD SLU LADIES TO WIN
Katie Frederick passed her career high set earlier season against William Smith by scoring 32 points to lead the St. Lawrence University women's basketball team to a 62-35 win over RIT in Liberty League action on Saturday afternoon in Rochester, New York. Frederick shot 15-for-17 from the floor and posted her 11th double-double of the season with 11 rebounds. She also led the Saints with two blocks. Second to Frederick, first-year Olivia Barringer added 10 points and eight rebounds, while Annabella Pugliese finished with eight points and Dylan Watkiss tallied a team-best six assists. "Katie was feeling it today," said head coach Dan Roiger. "She finished at the rim left and right, with power, and hit her face up shots as well. She has worked hard on her shooting and it is fun to see the results." A quick back-and-forth battle landed in favor of the Saints, as the Scarlet and Brown posted an 11-8 lead after the first ten minutes of play. St. Lawrence held the Tigers to just five points in the second quarter to take a 28-13 lead at halftime. The Saints continued to outscore the Tigers 19-8 in the third, maintaining at least a 20-point advantage through most of the quarter. RIT looked to rally in the final ten minutes, ultimately edging the Saints by one, but the Tigers were unable to overcome the early deficit. "Our defense was spectacular today," Roiger added. "Our execution of the game plan was excellent and we did a much better job on the boards today than we had been." Brooke Stanley led the Tigers with 15 points, while Sabrina Wolfe grabbed 10 rebounds and Kaleesha Joseph recorded two blocks. St. Lawrence shot a combined 46.2 percent from the field and held RIT to just 16.4 percent. The Saints posted their ninth win in the last 10 games, and improved to 15-6 overall and 11-3 in conference play, while the Tigers fell to 10-11 and 7-7. Next weekend, the Saints will travel to Skidmore and Ithaca. Game time against the Thoroughbreds is set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14 and the Saints will take on the Bombers on Saturday, February 15 at 2 p.m.