On Friday, February 12, the Rensselaer Engineers faced off against the Skidmore Thoroughbreds. The initial jump brought the ball into Skidmore’s possession; however, it was RPI who maintained the lead during the first minutes of the game. Freshman Tom Horvat made the first shot of the night: a three point basket from the right side. Horvat would end the game making the most points individually of all the players, with a total of 24.
The Engineers were in the lead until the last nine minutes of the first half when Skidmore brought the score to 15-14. The remainder of the first half was a continuous back and forth on the scoreboard, with one advancing, and then the other, resulting in 27 points for RPI and 35 for Skidmore by the half. Skidmore’s Edvinas Rupkus brought about this drastic lead with a three point shot, a layup, and a free throw shot.
Skidmore maintained the lead in the second half until 11 minutes in, when senior Chase Almond scored a layup that brought RPI within six points of Skidmore’s advantage. An attempt to regain the lead was shot down by the Thoroughbreds, and Skidmore’s Jack Byrne brought them ahead with a three pointer, lofting them ahead by ten points. RPI worked hard to fight back and brought the score frustratingly close. Sophomore Asa Barnhill scored a total of four points in the game, three of which were attained in a three point basket that brought RPI within one point of Skidmore’s advantage at 62-61. However, the Engineers’ tenacity could not match the Thoroughbreds’ strong defense. The game concluded with RPI’s defeat 73-66.
Seniors Tyler Gendron and Chase Almond, junior Nate Kane, and sophomore Asa Barnhill were major point contributors to the game. Gendron scored a total of 17 points, Almond scored 10, and Kane scored seven, five of which were within the first few minutes of the game’s start. Look forward to the upcoming games against Bard College on Friday and against Vassar College this Sunday.