BRONX, N.Y. – Southern Vermont College suffered its first men's basketball loss of the season Saturday afternoon as the visiting Mountaineers fell 96-71 to Lehman College in non-conference play at the Apex Center.
The Lightning went up with a strong 51-24 upper hand through the first 20 minutes of action, and that cushion would be big enough for them to continue on for the win.
The Mountaineers are now 6-1 on the year with the loss snapping their 20-game regular season winning streak which dated back to January 10.
Southern Vermont is back at home for its next game as the Mountaineers host Fisher College on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
SVC junior Andre Hodo (Rockville, Md.) tallied team-highs of 14 points and eight rebounds while senior Daemond Carter (Forestville, Md.) came off the bench to notch 12 points in 20 minutes of reserve time. Senior Mike Pierre (Melrose, N.Y.) had 10 points and seven boards, and junior Josh Borders (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) had six points and four assists in the effort.
Lehman—a team that entered the game ranked fifth in NCAA Division III with a 52.6 field goal percentage—kept up its efficient ways with a 55.6 percent (35-63) clip from the floor; SVC went 27-64 (42.4 percent) from field goal range on the day. The Lightning snagged a 39-33 advantage in rebounds and outscored SVC 29-18 in points off turnovers.
LC never trailed the entire game and pulled away through the mid-portion of the first half for the sizable win. Borders dropped a triple to make it a 9-7 Lightning lead, but the hosts then scored 15 unanswered points for some breathing room. The next three LC buckets came from behind the arc before Carter tried to get his team back in it with one of his own. SVC would notch six-straight points behind a pair of Hodo jumpers late in the half—only to see Lehman hit another from downtown right before the buzzer to go into the break on top 51-24.
The second period was well contested, but Southern Vermont was only able to outscore its opponent by two points as the Lightning finished off the win. Pierre had all 10 of his points in the frame while freshman KJ Kinsey (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) chipped in with seven during nine minutes off the bench. Carter added nine points in the stanza for the visitors.
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