March 6, 2009

Courtesy of Brooklyn Athletics

Canton, N.Y. -- The Brooklyn College Men's Basketball Team (23-6) put forth a great effort in their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 27 years, however the team came up on the short end of an 81-69 decision to host St. Lawrence University (21-7).

All-American Richard Jean-Baptiste (St. John's Prep / Queens, NY) scored 24 points in the loss and although disappointed, the junior remained upbeat.  "I'm happy that me and my teammates left it on the court.  We new that it is one and done and we played hard."

The Bridges were outscored 50-32 in the paint by the Saints, who started three seniors and featured a starting lineup of 4 players who stand 6-3 or better. 

One of those players was senior forward Richard Williams (Kingston / Kingston, NY), who threw down a resounding dunk off an offensive rebound to give St. Lawrence a 66-62 lead and ignited a 12-2 run by the Saints, giving them a 76-64 lead with 2:09 remaining in the contest.

St. Lawrence will advance to host the winner of the Elms College / SUNY IT game in tomorrow's second round at 7pm.