Men’s Basketball Pulls Away for 76-59 NECC Win at Lesley

daemond carter shoots the ball

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A strong second half allowed the Southern Vermont College men's basketball team to open up a sizable lead en route to a 76-59 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) road victory over Lesley University Thursday night at Buckingham Browne & Nichols.

After the Mountaineers went to the intermission in front just 37-35, they quickly found themselves up by 10 early into the second half. SVC padded its cushion and maintained the separation through the final horn as Lesley was unable to spark any sort of comeback.

The victory is Southern Vermont's third-straight and improves the team's overall record to 10-3 (2-0 NECC); SVC is now 8-1 in its last nine meetings with the Lynx. The Mountaineers are back on the road Saturday as they head to Dean College for a 1 p.m. league contest and their first-ever matchup with the Bulldogs.

SVC senior Mike Pierre (Melrose, N.Y.) recorded a game-high 19 points and a team-best eight rebounds while junior Andre Hodo (Rockville, Md.) had 15 points, seven boards, and four steals. The Mountaineers got help from a pair of great performances off the bench as senior Daemond Carter (Forestville, Md.) and freshman KJ Kinsey (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) notched 15 and 14 points, respectively, in reserve time.

Southern Vermont registered its best field goal percentage of the year with a 52.7 (29-55) clip while holding LU to a 38.1 percent (24-63) mark from the floor. The Mountaineers shot a stellar 11-17 (64.7 percent) from downtown while outscoring the Lynx 30-24 from inside the key. A 17-11 upper hand in turnovers led to SVC notching a 22-6 advantage in points off giveaways through the night.

The first half was tightly contested as Lesley prevented the Mountaineers from growing their lead past a 6-point advantage on two occasions. A Carter trey put SVC on top 35-29 with 2:02 to go in the period, but a pair of LU buckets from beyond the arc helped cut it to just a 2-point difference going into the break.

Pierre and Carter both dropped a triple in the first three minutes of the second stanza for the visitors to extend their lead to 10. After the Lynx brought it back down to six, two Kinsey 3-pointers highlighted a 12-2 Mountaineer run which made it a 65-49 difference with 6:17 to go. Kinsey and Pierre kept up the hot shooting from the outside as they hit treys during an 8-0 SVC spurt for a lead that Lesley would be unable to overcome.