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January 29th, 2014

Sizzling Shooting Propels Brewer Men Past St. Lawrence 73-65

Vassar’s Erikson Wasyl (#5) provided 16 points, hitting six of his seven shots, while making four of his five attempts from downtown.
POUGHKEEPSIE - The Vassar College men’s basketball squad shot 70.8 percent in the second half, rolling to a big 73-65 Liberty League victory over St. Lawrence University Saturday in the Athletics and Fitness Center.

The win assured the Brewers of their first winning regular season since the 2007-08 campaign, as VC moved to 13-3 overall and 5-2 in the Liberty League. The story of the game on Saturday was marksmanship of the Brewers, as they finished the game 30-of-48 from the floor, making a cool 62.5 percent of their shots on the day.

With 25 former Brewer men’s players in town for the team’s annual alumni game, the Brewers did not disappoint, opening the game with a 12-0 run, capped by a Johnny Mrlik triple. Vassar led by as much as 13 in the opening period, but St. Lawrence (6-8, 2-3 Liberty League) clawed back into the game, tying the score at 29 just before the break. Luka Ladan broke the deadlock just before halftime, sending VC into the intermission with a 31-29 lead.

Vassar shot 54.2 percent in the opening stanza, but turned the ball over nine times. SLU used those turnovers to score 13 points off of giveaways, while also posting an 8-0 lead in the opening frame on second-chance points. After the break and with the Brewers clinging to a two-point lead, the hosts manufactured a 9-1 run to take a 47-37 edge, with five points coming from Mrlik and four from Alex Snyder.

St. Lawrence again responded by slicing the lead down to three with 11:43 on the clock, but in this game of runs Vassar had another one in store for its visitors. The Brewers chalked up a 13-1 rally to take a 15-point lead with 6:26 to play. Vassar would grow its advantage up to as much as 17 twice in earning its fourth straight victory.

Mrlik finished with a game-best 20 points, making eight of his 13 attempts from the floor, which included four triples. Snyder posted 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting, and sophomore Erikson Wasyl also provided 16 points, hitting six of his seven shots, while making four of his five attempts from downtown.

Ladan notched eight of his 11 points in the second half, and Evan Carberry added a game-high of nine rebounds. Vassar was also 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from deep on the day. The Brewers posted their fifth Liberty League win of the season in just their seventh conference game, matching the season-high for conference wins over the last five years.

St. Lawrence put four players in double-figures, led by the 15 points from Kyle Edwards. Brady Condlin chalked up 14 points and five rebounds, Kyle Kobis added 13 points and Kieran Miller had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Saints. SLU shot 39 percent (23-5) on its field goals Saturday, going 7-of-22 from deep. St. Lawrence turned the ball over just five times.

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