January 26, 2012

Mountaineers Fall In Third Straight Road Contest

The Southern Vermont College Men's basketball team dropped its third straight road contest Thursday evening at Newbury College. The two sides met in a pivotal New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) matchup, but the Nighthawks were able to come away with an 83-68 victory over the Mountaineers.

Southern Vermont jumped out to the 5-0 lead, forcing Newbury head coach Jelani Townsell to call his first timeout. Out of the timeout sophomore guard Steve Rosemond ( Everett, Mass.) answered by putting the Nighthawks on the board with a layup, from Jason Marshall (Fairburn, Ga.). However, the Mountaineers did not go away easily, junior guard Taeshon Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) answered with a layup of his own to push the lead back to five.

Down by four midway through the first half the Nighthawks went on a 12-0 run sparked by Marshall. The Georgia native snatched an offensive  rebound off a missed three point attempt by Rosemond, and laid it back in for the put-back.

Southern Vermont freshman Cory Christensen (Sharon, Conn.) put an end to the run, with a layup with 8:50 remaining in the half. For the remainder of the half the two sides went back and forth, as Newbury entered the break with a 32-28 advantage.

To start the second half, Johnson opened with a layup cutting the Nighthawk lead down to two. It was the closest the Mountaineers would come in the half. Along with Young and Rosemond, sophomore guard Kwame Thompson (Brockton, Mass.) took over, and recorded 13 of his 17 points in the second half.

Red hot from behind the arc was Southern Vermont's Hunter Stratton (Bennington, Vt.), who registered five treys with three of them coming in the second half for 13 of his 21points. Teammates Taeshon Johnson and freshman  Brandon Johnson (Chatham, N.Y.) followed up with 11points of their own in the half.

Junior guard Tim Young (Brockton, Mass.) led three in double figures with a team high 21points. Kenneth Melendez added to the Nighthawk victory, coming off the bench late in the game with fire in his eyes. The New Yorker registered his first points of the season knocking down a wide open trey with three minutes remaining. Moments later, freshman Milciades Carrasco (Haverhill, Mass.) found Melendez, again, for his second three pointer of the game and sealed the victory over the Mountaineers. 

With the win tonight, Newbury improves to 6-11, and 3-6 in the conference, while Southern Vermont falls to 2-16 and 2-8 in the NECC. The Nighthawks and Mountaineers will meet again in each teams next matchup when SVC hosts Newbury Saturday at 3PM.