POUGHKEEPSIE - A clutch 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds on the clock by freshman guard Erikson Wasyl led the Vassar College men’s basketball team into their first overtime of the season on Saturday night at the Athletics & Fitness Center. The Brewers edged out St. Lawrence University 84-80 in a double-overtime nail-biter that saw each team gain the lead nine times.
The Saints, led by sophomore forward Brady Condlin’s huge 31-point, 10-rebound double-double, had five players in the double-digit scoring range. St. Lawrence managed to keep the Brewers at bay until the final second of regulation, when Wasyl’s off-balance, long range shot brought the teams level with 67 points apiece.
With 11 minutes left in the second half junior guard Sam Rappaport hit a baseline 3-pointer and junior forward John Donnelly followed him up with back-to-back free-throws to give Vassar its first lead since early in the first half, setting up the push into overtime. Both Donnelly and Rappaport came off the bench to make a big impact, scoring 10 and 14 points respectively.
The Alumni Day victory marked the first time since 2005 that Vassar had swept St. Lawrence in a season.
The game stayed tight throughout the first overtime period, with both teams trading baskets and fouls. A Vassar turnover with the score tied and five seconds left on the clock spelled trouble for the Brewers, but thanks to sophomore forward Alex Snyder’s much-needed stop, St. Lawrence could not capitalize, and the teams went into double overtime tied at 74. Snyder, who leads the league in rebounds (averaging 10.1 per game), had his eighth double-double of the season (11 points and 10 rebounds).
Rappaport opened the second OT period with a baseline 3-pointer to give the Brewers the immediate advantage, but the Saints responded when forward Janpeter Brase hit a quick layup to close the gap. However, with 30 seconds left on the clock Vassar sophomore guard Curtis Smith made a crucial stop to give Vassar the ball and shot clock superiority, forcing St. Lawrence to start fouling. Clutch free throws by Rappaport put the game beyond reach.
Saints’ Brady Condlin led the game with 31 points. Smith led the Brewers with 16 points.