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HAMILTON UPSETS UNDEFEATED ST. LAWRENCE

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Posted January 24, 1998
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Junior guard Lamar Johnson hit two free throws in the final 20 seconds, lifting Hamilton College (7-5, 7-3 UCAA) to a 79-77 victory over previously undefeated St. Lawrence (12-1, 2-1). Junior forward Michael Schantz led Hamilton with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Andy Bardeschewski countered with 26 points for St. Lawrence.

St. Lawrence opened the game with a 13-1 run, but the Continentals hung tough and, with 5:02 remaining in the first half, tied the game, 26-26, on a Schantz jumper. The Continentals then took the lead, 30-26, on the next two possessions, but Greg Sutton's buzzer beater at the half cut the Continental lead to one, 33-32.

Hamilton then opened the second half by taking a six-point lead, but St. Lawrence was not rattled, clawing back to take a four point lead with seven minutes remaining. Down 70-68, Hamilton looked again to Schantz as he put back a Kevin Thorpe miss, was fouled, and made the ensuing free throw to complete the three-point play and put Hamilton up for good. St. Lawrence fought back with a three-pointer by Bardeschewski and two field goals, but Kevin Thorpe and Lamar Johnson each made two free throws each to seal the win. Freshman Jimmy Driggs, who hit three straight three-pointers early in the second half, and Thorpe each finished with 14 points, while Sutton added 18 points and Greg Acunto chipped in 13 points and grabbed 14 boards for St. Lawrence.

The Continentals return to action Friday, Jan. 30, against Tufts at Scott Field House.

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