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Clarkson nets 71-57 win over Morrisville State men's basketball

Release courtesy of Thomas Szarka, Clarkson Sports Information

Potsdam, NY – With 10 3-point field goals, all of which seemed to come at the perfect moment to end momentum shifts, the Clarkson University Men’s Basketball team ended a two-game losing skid with a 71-57 victory over Morrisville State Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Golden Knights improved to 4-2 overall while the Mustangs fell to 0-4 overall. Clarkson closes out the first semester and will not play again until January 6th.

Though the Knights got off to a slow start, they quickly figured things out and were able to take advantage of Morrisville’s many turnovers. The Mustangs committed 14 in the first half, giving Clarkson plenty of additional chances, which worked well for the Knights as they shot just 12-for-31 from the floor (38.7%). Clarkson had a double-digit lead, 27-15, but the Mustangs pulled back to within two before the Knights ended the period on a mini-run, making the halftime score 32-26.

Keith Murray (Queens, NY) led all scorers with nine points in the first half, going 4-for-6 from the floor. The Mustangs were led by Hodges Sneed (Syracuse, NY), who had eight points and five rebounds for Morrisville.

In the second half, the Knights came out and quickly moved their small advantage to mid-double figures with 3-point field goals from Murray, Felix Llanos (Queens, NY), and Tyler Barron (Burlington, VT), giving the Knights a 51-34 lead with less than seven minutes to go in the half. After a timeout, Morrisville combined its inside-outside game to pull back to within 10 points, but the Knights were able to answer each of the Mustangs runs with 3-point field goals, finishing out the contest a 14-point edge.

Three Clarkson players finished in double figures, led by Murray with 17 points (6-for-10 shooting with three 3-pointers). Llanos added 13 points (5-for-10 shooting with three 3-pointers) and Elson Pickering (Brooklyn, NY) added in 10 points.

Sneed had a double-double for the Mustangs, producing 17 points and 12 rebounds while Kyle Gordon (Riverhead, NY) tossed in 14 points, going 5-for-9 from the field.