Last night, in a midweek roundup at the East Campus Athletic Village arena against Bard College, the Engineers brought home their first win since January 3. By building up a foundation of points in the first quarter and maintaining it through to the end, they obtained a 49-40 victory.
Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University hosted games against RPI on Friday and Saturday respectively, both teams usurping victories. After facing the Golden Knights and the Saints in home games last month, Clarkson lost 63-47 and St. Lawrence won 51-52. The Engineers are now 6-15 overall and 2-10 in Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference standings, with only four league matchups remaining this season.
In Potsdam, New York, Clarkson and RPI alternated between the lead throughout the first half, each team achieving advantages and then reversing them. The first four points were scored by Clarkson, but the Engineers won 10 quickly thereafter. Ties would come and go as both sides constantly fought to play catch-up, but Clarkson managed to claim a four point lead at the break.
Four more points were won by Clarkson during the opening minutes of the second half. To challenge the eight point deficit, Rensselaer staged its second uninterrupted 10 point run of the night to lead 40-38. That would be their final moment in the lead, as the Golden Knights garnered first a tie, then a 49-45 lead. It did not help that RPI went scoreless for a 7:28 stretch, allowing Clarkson’s advantage to soar to drastic heights. The game title went to Clarkson, winning 54-72.
Freshman Sam Krumbhaar scored 20 points for the Engineers that evening. Freshman LaKissa Martin won 11, and sophomore Shainta Iton produced 10. Against St. Lawrence the following evening, Martin and Krumbhaar would again capture double digits in points, gaining 21 and 17 respectively.
In Canton, New York, the Engineers and the Saints deadlocked the game 15-15 at the close of the first quarter. The second featured the Saints winning double the amount of points won by Rensselaer. Of the 23 points scored in the third, the Engineers had only six. To make up for lost points, freshman Elizabeth Eckhardt, junior Lauren Young, and Martin helped reduce the deficit to only seven points. In the fourth quarter, the Engineers trimmed the lead to finish only nine points behind St. Lawrence 70-79.
High scorers for RPI in last night’s game were senior Ellen Boucher with 10 points and Krumbhaar and Iton with eight points each. This Friday, the Engineers will play again at home against Skidmore College.