WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Southern Vermont College men's basketball team (3-1) took on the Fighting Tigers of Cobleskill State (0-4) Saturday night in the first match-up of the Williams Invitational. Southern Vermont won the game 104-92 behind the 32 points of senior guard Lance Spratling.
Cobleskill came out with the early lead led by Damon Franklin, who had 15 points in the first half. At the 10-minute mark, though, Southern Vermont's Taeshon Johnson took a charge with Southern Vermont down two. The foul changed the momentum of the game. Down the other end for Southern Vermont, Johnson made the first and second shot of a 1-and-1 to tie up the game.
About a minute later, Jorge Jorge took another charge for Southern Vermont, but the Fighting Tigers kept fighting. After Southern Vermont gained the lead, Franklin made a shot while being fouled to pull within one. Brendan Doherty then nailed a three. Going into halftime, however, Southern Vermont was leading 47-41.
After going down seven early in the half, Doherty hit another three for Cobleskill. Haneef Scott, however, was awarded a technical a short while later, and Southern Vermont managed to open up its lead from there. It's second half run was led by Lance Spratling, who scored 19 points in the half. Although the Fighting Tigers continued to play tough, they were unable to close the lead.
The final score was 104-92. Spratling was the leading scorer for Southern Vermont with 32 points. He also added six assists, four blocks, and five rebounds to his performance. Johnson added another 19 points for the Mountaineers, and Ben Naaktgeboren contributed 17 of his own. The Mountaineers shot 55.6% from the field.
For Cobleskill, Franklin topped the box score with 31 points on the day. Brendan Doherty and Taiquan Newkirk were also in double-digits with 15 and 11 points respectively. Cobleskill shot 43.6% on the day.