NEW LONDON, Conn. – Southern Vermont College was surpassed in the second half by No. 4 Mitchell College Tuesday night as the fifth-seed Mountaineers fell 64-53 in the first round of the New England Collegiate Conference men's basketball championship tournament.
SVC held a 27-22 lead at the intermission, but the Mariners came back to outscore the Mountaineers by 16 in the final 20 minutes to advance into the semifinals.
Southern Vermont concludes the 2018-19 campaign with an overall record of 16-9.
Midway through the first half, SVC senior Josh Borders (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) scored his 1,000th career point to become the 12th player in program history to hit the milestone. He finished with 13 points, four rebounds, and three assists on the night.
Mountaineer senior Andre Hodo (Silver Spring, Md.) had team-highs of 15 points and 12 rebounds while sophomore Donnell Frayer Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.) tallied another 15 points, four boards, and two assists.
MC went 21-54 (38.8 percent) from the floor while SVC shot 35.6 percent (21-59) on field goal attempts. The Mariners had a 48-31 upper hand in rebounds while outscoring Southern Vermont 14-5 in second-chance points. The Mountaineers posted a 22-11 advantage in points off turnovers and edged Mitchell 28-22 in the paint.
Southern Vermont forced three-straight turnovers early on while Frayer Jr. drilled a trey to give his team a slim lead. The upper hand went back and forth before a Borders triple from the right corner helped SVC take to a 9-0 run and go on top by seven. MC then went on a 6-2 spurt late in the first half to head into the locker room down by five.
A 13-1 Mitchell run started the second half, and the lead wouldn't change hands the rest of the way. The two sides traded baskets through the midway point of the stanza before a Borders layup made it a 49-44 game with 2:48 to go. The Mariners would go 11-14 from the free throw line the rest of the way, however, to sustain the upper hand and close out their third win over SVC this season.
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