Vassar Rolls Past Clarkson For Third Straight Win

POUGHKEEPSIE – A career-high 20 points and 15 rebounds from first-year Zach Johnson helped the Vassar men’s basketball team to an 82-64 win against Clarkson on Saturday afternoon. The Brewers have won their third consecutive game and move to 6-6 overall with a 2-4 mark in Liberty League play. Clarkson drops to 4-8 and 2-3 in the conference following the loss.

Freshman Avni Mustafaj added 13 points behind 6-of-10 shooting, while junior Zach Bromfeld tallied 12 points and nine rebounds. Mustafaj also led Vassar with three assists. Additionally, senior Josh Brownridge added seven points and six boards. Sophomore Neville Lee had six points, one block, and a season-high four rebounds.

The Brewers jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first seven minutes and held a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. Four straight points from Mustafaj pushed the lead to 23-4 at 9:21. Vassar took a 21-point lead before the end of the half following an and-one play from Brownridge in the final 20 seconds.

After a Mustafaj layup, Vassar took its largest lead at 5:16 in the second, going up 29 points (74-45) against the Golden Knights. Clarkson went on a 7-0 run to pull within 18, but Vassar answered when freshman Ben Freed (Augusta, GA) found sophomore Oliver Moody on the fastbreak for the open layup. A final pair of free throws from Freed before a Clarkson score closed the game at 82-64.

The Golden Knights were led by Chris Hulbert with 20 points, while Ryan Miles-Ferguson had 11 points.

As a team, the Brewers shot a season-high 52.2 percent (35-of-67) and had a season-best 56 rebounds. Vassar outrebounded the Golden Knights 56-21.

The Brewers hit the road for their next three games, starting with Hobart on Fri. Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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