Last Second Shot Lifts Saint Rose Over Southern Connecticut State

The Golden Knights Basketball Team. Photo by Derek Baugh

By Logan Ripley
Sports Editor

The Golden Knights won their 21st game last Saturday in dramatic fashion. Senior Tyler Sayer hit the game winner to down Northeast-10 Conference rival Southern Connecticut, 71-68.

Sayer rose up from the foul line with 1.7 seconds left and buried the shot to propel Saint Rose to a 13-5 conference record that is tied for second in the NE10.

Junior Julian Lipinski followed up his 22-point performance versus Adelphi last Wednesday with a solid 19 points. Lipinski pulled in nine rebounds and paired them with two blocks.

Other key players in the game include senior Chris Dorgler, who tallied 14 points; junior Mical-Ryan Boyd added 11 points and Sayer ended with 12 points.

The Golden Knights held a slim six-point lead, 39-33, after the first half. The Owls of Southern Connecticut finished the first half on a run and started the second the same way, tightening the gap to two.

Throughout the second it was close. Southern Connecticut erased a five-point deficit with under a minute left in the game to set up a final shot for Saint Rose.

Golden Knights ran their half-court offense to perfection leaving Sayer with a short jumper contested by some defenders. A last second prayer by the Owls was not answered ending the game and giving Saint Rose their first win against Southern Connecticut this season.

Next on the slate for Saint Rose will be a home matchup verse Pace University Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. With a win on Wednesday, the Golden Knights improve their chances of finishing a top the Northeast-10 division.

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