QUINCY, Mass. – Eastern Nazarene College was too much for the Southern Vermont College men's basketball team Monday night as the hosting Lions won 80-59 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action at Lahue Physical Education Center.
ENC led 41-32 at the break, but SVC kept it close and was only down by five with a few minutes left to go. The Lions ran away with it at the end, however, to avenge their 79-76 loss to SVC on December 4.
Southern Vermont (13-6, 7-4 NECC) is back at home for its next game with the Mountaineers hosting Newbury College on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. start.
SVC senior Aaron Murray (Camden, N.J.) registered just his second career double-double with 11 points and a team-best 10 rebounds. Classmate Josh Borders (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) posted a team-high 16 points while fellow senior Andre Hodo (Silver Spring, Md.) had 15 points and seven boards. Sophomore Donnell Frayer Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.) notched 13 points and six rebounds in the effort.
The Mountaineers went 12-12 from the free throw line and 21-51 (41.2 percent) on field goal attempts, but ENC registered a 54.5 percent (30-55) clip from the floor which included a 9-5 advantage in made 3-pointers. The Lions grabbed a 31-26 upper hand in rebounds while outscoring SVC 19-2 in points off turnovers.
Southern Vermont held a short lead after getting the first two points of the night as Eastern Nazarene came back with an 8-0 run aided by back-to-back triples. The two sides traded spurts with nine unanswered points—seven coming from Borders—making it just a two-point difference. A 13-2 run in the latter part of the opening period, however, gave ENC some breathing room heading into halftime.
The Lions went up by 12 on a pair of occasions early into the second frame, but SVC was able to stay in it and eventually cut the game to a 56-50 Eastern Nazarene edge following a Hodo trey and ensuing Frayer Jr. jumper. Hodo hit another 3-pointer to make it a five-point margin with 5:24 left, but ENC surged in the late going and closed out the night on an 18-2 run; the hosts went 6-6 from the line while connecting on a pair of shots from outside the perimeter during that stretch.
Eastern Nazarene was powered by a career-best 36-point performance from junior Garrett Crandell (Bristol, Tenn.) who went 15-22 from the floor and 4-7 from downtown.
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