Men's basketball loses showdown for first place in league

St. Lawrence University erased a two-point deficit midway through the second half with an 8-0 run and the visiting Saints went on to a 75-62 Liberty League win against Hamilton College at Scott Field House on Feb. 14.

Hamilton fell to 15-6 overall and 9-2 in the league. The Continentals are second in the league standings behind St. Lawrence (18-4 overall, 11-1 Liberty). The teams have already clinched the top two seeds in the league tournament championship on Feb. 27 and 28.

Patrick Sullivan '12 scored a season-high 20 points on 9-of-15 accuracy from the floor, and was one of three Continentals to secure seven rebounds. Harlee Wood '09 and Jon Ciriello '11 also grabbed seven. Wood added eight points and Ciriello added six.

Jay Simpson '10 scored 16 points, including the team's only two three-pointers of the afternoon. Hamilton shot just 2-for-20 from beyond the arc and was outrebounded 45-33.

Hamilton and St. Lawrence were locked in a 6-6 tie early in the first half. Sullivan, Wood and Lance Wilson '11 made three straight baskets to give Hamilton its largest lead at 12-6. Wilson finished with eight points and three assists.

The Saints battled back with a 15-4 run during the next five minutes. Hamilton cut the lead to 21-20 with 9:49 left and St. Lawrence pushed it back to 31-23 with 4:04 to go. The Saints took a 33-31 edge into the locker room.

A Ciriello tip-in with 15:48 remaining marked the game's sixth tie at 40-40. Wood found Simpson for a layup on the next Hamilton possession for a two-point lead. St. Lawrence responded with a bucket and the game's seventh and final tie at 42-42 with 14:39 to go. The visitors scored the next six points and held Hamilton at bay for the remainder of the game. St. Lawrence held a 64-54 lead with 3:29 to go and went 10-for-11 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

Hamilton honored its two seniors -- Wood and Kyle Dumas '09 -- before tip-off. The Continentals will host Hobart College on Tuesday, Feb. 17, for their final home game this season.

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