Feb. 7: The St. Lawrence University men's basketball team won their sixth straight Liberty League contest and earned a spot in the 2009 Liberty League Tournament Saturday afternoon with their 83-68 win against Skidmore College in Burkman Gymnasium.
The Scarlet and Brown improve to a 16-4 record and a 9-1 mark in the conference and remain in first place in the League, while Skidmore falls to 7-14 on the season and 2-8 in Liberty League action.
St. Lawrence had five players score in the double-digits, with rookies Ralph Temgoua (Paris, France/Deerfield Academy) and Garrett Sharlow (Massena, NY/Massena Central) each contributing 17 points, a game-high, and combining for 14 rebounds, while Terry Parham (Petersburg, VA/Indian River) recorded 15 points and five boards. Senior captains Tom Wopperer (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) and Bela Vonnak (Canajoharie, NY/Canajoharie) had 12 and 10 points, respectively, to help pace the Saints to the win. Vonnak had a game-high nine rebounds.
St. Lawrence, who shot an impressive 52.9-percent from the floor in the first stanza, opened the contest with a distancing 21-0 run that left Skidmore cold for nearly six minutes before making a shot. The Saints were able to maintain their advantage over the Thoroughbreds throughout the remainder of the period, earning as much as a 24-point lead and only allowing the visiting team to get as close as 17, before closing the half with a score of 49-30 in favor of the Saints.