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SLU Shades Elmira In Men's Basketball 74-71

Luke Hicks recorded his third double-double of the season and three other Saints netted double figures to lead the St. Lawrence University men's basketball team to a 74-71 win over Elmira on Monday evening in Elmira, New York. Hicks totaled 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Chris Jeffrey also added 16 points, shooting 6-for-7 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the line. Jeffrey added nine rebounds, while Trent Adamson finished with 15 points and Andrew Geschickter recorded 12. Adamson and Geschickter each totaled three steals, while Adamson finished with two blocks and Hicks added seven assists.

Ogdensburg's Cale Sargent scored seven points with three assists and two steals and played a turnover free 26 minutes for the Saints who committed only 11 turnovers on the night. The Soaring Eagles held the lead through the majority of the first half, but the Saints rallied on a 12-3 run to tie the game 31-31 with 2:48 to play in the first half. Elmira managed the final lead of the half, holding a 42-34 advantage at halftime. Elmira extended their lead to double-digits twice in the second half, but a late push by the Saints tied the game at 66. A 3-pointer from Mason Weir brought the Soaring Eagles within one, as the Saints held a 72-71 lead, with 11 seconds to play. Luke Hicks drew the foul off the inbound and shot 2-for-2 from the line for the win. "We battled through a rough and rusty first half," said head coach Chris Downs. "We played better and took better care of the ball tonight." Shawn Backus led the Soaring Eagles with 18 points, while Rashaad Nurse totaled 13 points and a team-best seven rebounds and Weir finished with 11 points. Backus and Nurse each blocked two shots, while Weir and Harry Ravitz each grabbed two steals. The Scarlet and Brown outscored Elmira 40-29 in the second half. St. Lawrence shot 45.8 percent from the floor and recorded 10 second-chance points and 13 points off turnovers. Elmira shot 39.1 percent and finished with 13 second-chance points. The Saints improved to 2-7 overall, while the Soaring Eagles fell to 1-10. The Saints will return to Liberty League play on the road at Vassar and Bard this weekend. Game times are set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.