Junior guard Lamar Johnson hit two freethrows in the final 20 seconds, lifting Hamilton College (7-5, 7-3 UCAA) to a79-77 victory over previously undefeated St. Lawrence (12-1, 2-1). Juniorforward 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 toughand, with 5:02 remaining in the first half, tied the game, 26-26, on aSchantz jumper. The Continentals then took the lead, 30-26, on the nexttwo possessions, but Greg Sutton's buzzer beater at the half cut theContinental 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 sevenminutes remaining. Down 70-68, Hamilton looked again to Schantz as heput back a Kevin Thorpe miss, was fouled, and made the ensuing freethrow to complete the three-point play and put Hamilton up for good. St.Lawrence fought back with a three-pointer by Bardeschewski and two fieldgoals, but Kevin Thorpe and Lamar Johnson each made two freethrows each to seal the win. Freshman Jimmy Driggs, who hit threestraight three-pointers early in the second half, and Thorpe eachfinished with 14 points, while Sutton added 18 points and GregAcunto chipped in 13 points and grabbed 14 boards for St. Lawrence.

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

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