BENNINGTON, Vt.- Taeshon Johnson scored 33 points, but it proved to fall short as the Southern Vermont College Men's basketball team lost 85-67 to Daniel Webster at the Mountaineer Athletic Center on Tuesday.
Daris Cosby led the Eagles with 24 points and John Hickson chipped in with 21. Aiden Collins also scored 12 points and grabbed nine points, five on the defensive end and four offensive. Dave Schindewolf had nine rebounds for Daniel Webster and scored eight points as the forward battled foul trouble all night.
Johnson scored 15 of his 33 points at the free throw line, as the captain went 15-16 from the charity stripe. Freshman, Hunter Stratton scored 14 points and fellow classmate Brandon Johnson grabbed 10 boards. Stratton also chipped in with six assists for Southern Vermont in the loss.
In the first half it took both teams a while to get started. With the score at 12-4 five minutes into the game both teams went on a five minute drought before Taeshon Johnson scored a layup to cut the lead to six. The Mountaineers got the Eagles first half lead to as close as three when Travis Severs drilled a trey from the corner. However, Hickson answered with a three of his own to push it back to six. Daniel Webster led by as many as 15 in the first half with a 1:30 to go after a Cosby three pointer made the score 30-15. The Eagles went on to take a 33-20 advantage into the break.
The second half was a much more high powered offensive game with DWC outscoring SVC 52-47 in the half. In the first seven minutes of the half the lead stayed between 16 and 10 in favor of Daniel Webster. Then, SVC started to cut the lead and got it to as close as seven after a Taeshon Johnson three point play. A Rufus Louf layup extended the lead to 13 once again but it was a David Feinstein layup with 3:46 remaining that put the dagger in the game and gave Daniel Webster a 19 point advantage.
SVC drops to 2-19 with the loss on Tuesday night with three games remaining in its season. The loss also drops Southern Vermont from the playoff picture with a 2-11 conference mark. Daniel Webster is now 7-6 in NECC play and sits in fourth place with three to go. The Eagles are 8-13 overall and will travel to Elms Thursday before wrapping its regular season up at home with two games. SVC will look to break Becker's 31 game conference win streak on Saturday at 3PM.