Saints Enjoy Bright Spots In Up-Down Season
The St. Lawrence University men's basketball team closed the 2019-20 season 8-17 overall record, finishing 6-12 in conference play. Despite what the record shows, the Saints definitely had some bright spots this season. The Saints wrapped up the regular season 8-16 overall and due to tiebreaker rulings, the Scarlet and Brown secured the sixth seed in the Liberty League Tournament, making their second consecutive trip to the postseason. St. Lawrence held a 4-2 record against the other three teams vying for the sixth spot, going 1-1 against RIT and Clarkson and sweeping Skidmore, 2-0. Unfortunately, the Saints fell to Ithaca, 64-54, in the first round on February 25. St. Lawrence picked up its first win of the season with an 83-82 overtime victory over then nationally-ranked Oswego State. The Saints swept Skidmore and Bard in conference play and went 5-6 at home in Burkman Gymnasium. "We definitely dealt with a lot adversity this year," said head coach Chris Downs. "We dealt with early injuries and were also a young squad. Our guys were able to gain a lot of experience this season." A two-time Liberty League Rookie of the Week selection, who also earned Performer of the Week honors on January 13, Trent Adamson led the Saints and ranked ninth in the league with 13.7 points per game. A versatile player, Adamson recorded 20 double figure games this season, including a career-high 25 points against Hobart on January 25. He contributed 343 points, 166 rebounds good for second on the Saints' squad, a team-best 39 blocks, 30 assists and 28 steals this season. Adamson's 1.6 blocks per game, ranked him third among the league leaders. Sophomore guard Luke Hicks also helped highlight the Saints season and earned All-Liberty League Honorable Mention honors for 2019-20. He ranked second behind Adamson with 13.6 points per game and ranked third with 6.1 rebounds per game. He dished out a team-high 76 assists on the season and recorded 33 steals. Hicks earned a spot on the conference honor roll six times this season. Chris Jeffrey led the Saints and the Liberty League with 8.9 rebounds per game and 205 on the season, while Adamson grabbed 6.6 per game. Hicks tallied a team-best 76 assists on the year, while first-year Andrew Geschickter recorded 37 steals. With back-to-back Rookies of the Year, and only losing one senior, captain Steve Low, to graduation, the Saints will return the majority of their squad and will add a talented group of first-years to the mix and look to improve next season. "We're already excited for next season," Downs added. "We're building in the good direction and when next season rolls around we'll be in a good spot."
2019-20 Awards and Honors
Liberty League Rookie of the Year Trent Adamson First-Team All-Liberty League All-Liberty League Honorable Mention Luke Hicks Liberty League All-Academic Brandon Arnold Steve Low Liberty League Performer of the Week Trent Adamson (Jan. 13) Liberty League Rookie of the Week Trent Adamson (Dec. 16, Jan. 27) Liberty League Honor Roll Trent Adamson (Dec. 2, Jan. 20) Brandon Arnold (Dec. 2) Luke Hicks (Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Dec. 9, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, Feb. 24) Ogdensburg's Cale Sargent (Jan. 27) 2019-20 Captain Steve Low