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SLU men’s basketball drops home opener to SUNY Oswego in OT

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CANTON - The St. Lawrence University men’s basketball team dropped its home opener to SUNY Oswego in overtime on Friday night by the score of 90-84 in the Burkman Gymnasium.

The Saints fall to 1-3 despite seeing three players reach double figures in scoring, led by Brady Condlin’s 26 points. Meanwhile, Oswego improves to 2-2 on the season with four reaching double figures in scoring, led by Brian Sortino’s 21 points and Mark Candelario’s 20 points.

Oswego, which led 41-36 at the half, stretched their lead to 43-36 on a layup from Daniel Ross at the start of the second half stanza before St. Lawrence rattled off six straight points to come back to within one at 15:44.

The Saints trailed the Lakers closely for the next several minutes, and then took the lead on Kyle Edwards’ jumper with 12:11 remaining in the half.

The Saints would hold a six-point lead thanks to key buckets by Payton Stahler with 5:35 to go, but back-to-back layups by Daniel Ross and Mark Candelario made it a 2-point game, 70-68, with 3:37 to play in regulation.

Oswego would retake the lead on free throws from Sortino with 2:08 remaining, up 73-71, and held that same advantage at 77-75 thanks to a lay-in from Candelario with :07 seconds remaining.

A foul by Oswego with 1.7 seconds left would send Janpeter Brase to the free throw line, and despite struggling from the free throw line this season, the senior calmly knocked down both free throws to send the game to overtime.

Alex Rawa gave Oswego an 82-79 lead midway through overtime with a three-pointer, though Brase would answer with a layin with 1:58 to play. The key stretch came seconds later, as Kyle Kobis missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game, only to see Kyle Covley drain a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down to give Oswego an 87-81 lead with :41 seconds remaining. The clutch basket was enough to allow Oswego to earn the overtime victory, 90-84.

Edwards finished with his season-high 19 points and added five rebounds, while Janpeter Brase tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Saints. Seniors Al Jones and Payton Stahler combined for 17 points for St. Lawrence.

Sortino was 12-13 from the free throw line as he scored 21 points and added three assists. Candelario was very efficient from the floor, shooting 10-12 for 20 points and bringing down 10 rebounds. Daniel Ross and Kyle Covley scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, for Oswego, and combined for nine rebounds.

St. Lawrence and Oswego exchanged points in the early going, and then Condlin, a Massena Central product, gave the Saints a six point lead with a three-pointer at 13:27. Kyle Edwards would extend his team’s lead to nine with a three-pointer of his own at 10:58, but the Lakers went on a 12-6 run over the next several minutes to cut to within one point (25-24), with Mark Candelario scoring six of his team’s 12 in that span.

Al Jones gave St. Lawrence a 28-24 lead on a three-pointer with 6:28 left in the first half, but the Lakers finally broke through to take the lead as Daniel Ross made a free throw and then later converted on a layup after making a steal at the 3:36 mark.

Oswego outscored St. Lawrence 10-6 to close the half as Brian Sortino scored eight of his nine first half points in the finals minutes, including six free throws. Candelario had 12 first-half points, while Kyle Covley added ten as the Lakers took a 41-36 lead at the half.

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