BENNINGTON, Vt. The high paced Elms College Blazers used a strong second half to beat the Southern Vermont College Mountaineers 95-54, in New England Collegiate Conference(NECC) Men's basketball action Tuesday evening, at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
Elm's leading scorer Andre French had a team high 18 points, and Jamal Hulum added 13 off the bench. The Blazers had 15 players tally points in the score column Tuesday evening. Kenneth Lockett pulled down 10 rebounds in the victory as well. Piere Simpson dished out six assists in fifteen minutes of play.
NECC leading scorer Taeshon Johnson scored 21 points to lead the Mountaineers. The Bennington duo of Travis Severs and Hunter Stratton each had 11. Johnson also led SVC on the glass with eight rebounds.
Southern Vermont kept the game close throughout the first half and was as close as four, at 26-22 with 5:30 to play in the half. Out of a Blazer timeout, Simpson and Lockett drilled jumpers sandwiched around two free throws from French to give Elms a ten point lead. Into the break Elms took a 37-27 lead.
In the second half the Mountaineers scored 27 points again, however Elms used a 58 point half to push the game out of hand. The Blazers scored the first 12 points of the half to give themselves a 22 point advantage before Josh Luczynski hit a trey from the right corner. From there Elms continued to push the lead, and finished the game outscoring SVC 46-24.
The Mountaineers drop to 2-21 with one game remaining against Regis on Saturday. Elms is now 15-9 and 10-5 in NECC play. The Blazers will finish its season against Wheelock to see who will be the second seed in the conference tournament.
Game Notes: Southern Vermont recognized its lone senior, student manager Jon Geissler before the game. Geissler has been the manager for the SVC Men's basketball and Baseball team for four years. He will graduate the spring with a degree in business and will continue his studies at Union.