POUGHKEEPSIE – The Brewers two-game winning streak came to an end after falling to St. Lawrence 67-68 on Saturday evening in the AFC. Freshman B.J. White’s shot at the buzzer banked in and out as the Saints held on for the one-point conference win.
Paul Grinde had an outstanding night on the offensive end, going 7-8 from the floor and 4-6 at the line to tally a team-high 18 points. Jesse Browne and Hunter Gettings added 13 and 12 points respectively to round out Vassar’s top three scorers. Freshman Lance Tebay played a season-high 27 minutes for the Brewers while recording seven points, nine rebounds, and two blocks.
The game was mostly back and forth in the opening minutes of the game as neither team built a lead greater than seven. St. Lawrence held that seven-point lead with 7:07 to play in the opening half before the Brewers regained the lead just before the halftime buzzer.
Owen Murray tied the game at 30-30 with 3:08 to go in the half when he hit two shots at the line. Browne put Vassar in front momentarily with a layup at the 0:55 mark and White’s layup right before the half, put VC back in the lead heading into the break.
The Saints played a strong second half and built themselves an 11-point lead over the opening nine minutes. A slow methodical run helped the Brewers get back into the game before the final whistle. With the Saints lead at just six, Browne converted a layup and Tebay knocked down a three ball to bring the score within one with under two minutes to play.
Pierre Coffey converted two shot attempts at the line to give St. Lawrence a three-point advantage. With 14 ticks left on the clock, Browe passed to Grinde down low for a layup that cut the lead to one.
After Cam Keeley missed a free throw for the Saints, the Brewers had one more chance with four seconds on the clock. The ball made its way to White’s hands, he dribbled to the foul line, and with time expiring, put up a shot that banked off the backboard and off the rim to end the game.