Men’s Basketball Downed 86-63 by Carthage in HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout Finale

claude payne shoots the ball

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Southern Vermont College and Carthage College men's basketball teams lined up at Barry University Wednesday night in the 17th and final game of the third-annual HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout with the Redmen staking an 86-63 win at the BU Health & Sports Center.

CC pushed its lead into double digits midway through the first period before going into the locker room on top 49-30. The Redmen then padded their cushion by three in the final 20 minutes to finish off the win.

Southern Vermont (7-3) now has a two-week break with the Mountaineers being set to resume their schedule on Wednesday, January 3 when SVC hosts Mass. College of Liberal Arts for a 6 p.m. tip-off; that will be the team's final non-conference game of the season.

SVC senior Daemond Carter (Forestville, Md.) scored a team-high nine points in 18 minutes off the bench while classmate Claude Payne (South Plainfield, N.J.) had eight points and four rebounds. Junior Josh Borders (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) notched another eight points and four rebounds, and senior Mike Pierre (Melrose, N.Y.) chipped in with six points, three assists, and a team-best six boards.

Carthage connected on 56.1 percent (32-57) of its field goal attempts on the night while Southern Vermont shot 35.5 percent (22-62) from the floor. The Redmen were hot from the outside—dropping in 13 3-pointers to the Mountaineers' five. CC pulled down a 44-28 advantage in rebounds while outscoring SVC 32-24 from the paint.

Size was a factor early and often as the Redmen tallied five blocks in the opening seven minutes of action before adding another five in the rest of the first half. The matchup was a back-and-forth tilt with neither six able to sustain a run until Carthage tallied nine unanswered points—six coming from beyond the perimeter—to go on top 25-12.

Payne knocked down long back-to-back jumpers just north of the 9:00 mark, but CC then hit three treys over the next 4:30 for a 41-23 advantage. Baskets were traded in the late going as the Redmen finished the half with seven 3-pointers to go into the break on top by 19.

Carthage went 6-8 from downtown in the second stanza—one of its players going a perfect 5-5 by himself—as CC continued to connect. SVC junior Rohan Piple (Germantown, Md.) came off the bench and drilled a pair of triples on consecutive shots, but it would not be enough to lift the Mountaineers to a comeback with the Redmen staying consistently solid from the floor through the final horn.