January 28, 2012

Home Wreckers: Nighthawks Ruin Men's Hoops Return Home

BENNINGTON, Vt.- For the second time in three days the Southern Vermont and Newbury College men's basketball teams met up. On Thursday the Mountaineers fell at Newbury, Saturday the Nighthawks repeated the feat with a 69-62 victory at the Mountaineer Athletic Center. Saturday was the first home game the Mountaineers played after a three game road trip.

Taeshon Johnson led all scorers in the loss with 22 points. Johnson also pulled down 10 rebounds for another double-double. Hunter Stratton connected on six three pointers for 18 points, as fellow freshman Cory Christensen grabbed a team high 13 boards. Travis Severs had a career high eight assists for Southern Vermont.

Cameron Owen led the charge for the Nighthawks with 16 points. Steve Rosemond put together a well rounded game for Newbury. The sophomore finished two assists shy of a triple double along with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Marshall grabbed a team high 11 boards and scored nine points.

SVC led by as many as seven at one point in the early goings, but the Nighthawks kept SVC within striking distance. At the 10:06 mark Newbury tied the game at 14 on a Daniel Watson layup. After four straight points from Newbury made the game 18-14, Stratton connected on three shots from beyond the arc on consecutive possessions. The nine points gave SVC a brief 23-21 lead, before Milciades Carrasco answered with a three of his own. Newbury continued to push its lead from there and led by 11 at the break.

In the second half, the Nighthawks controlled the majority of the game and once led by 15. Southern Vermont didn't make a run until the 1:16 mark when a Brandon Johnson layup cut the lead to four. That was as close as the Mountaineers could get though as Newbury connected on five free throws down the stretch to end the game.

Southern Vermont drops to 2-17 overall and 2-9 in conference play, while Newbury is now 4-6 in NECC play and 7-11 overall. SVC is off for a week before they take on Lesley next Saturday on the road. The Nighthawks will be back in action Tuesday against Fitchburg St. in non-conference action.