The Vermont Tech Men's Basketball Team improved to 2-0 Friday night by rolling over the University of Maine-Augusta, 101-51. The contest took place on the road, but at a neutral site, with Southern Maine Community College hosting both teams in Portland, Maine.
The Knights started fast, jumping to a ten point lead within the first three minutes of play. Senior Kevin Carr (Westminster, MD) and Junior Josh Lindsey (Palm Bay, FL) took turns scoring on the Knights' first seven possessions, prompting UMA to call three quick time outs at the beginning of the game. In an attempt to stave off the offensive onslaught of the Knights, UMA switched from a man-to-man to a zone defense. The idea was to keep Vermont Tech away from the basket and force outside shots. Carr, Junior point guard Alex Tyrrell (Sydney, Australia) and Sophomore Kwei General-Vanderpuije (Cayman Islands) responded to this strategy by hitting five first half three pointers, increasing the Knights lead to twenty. The first half ended with Vermont Tech holding a commanding 56-24 lead.
Tyrrell led all scorers with 23 points, and Carr, a former USCAA All-American, was close behind with 21. Lindsey and Freshman Tevon Erwin (Albany, NY) added 14 and 10 respectively.
Coach John Dyer commented after the game, "I think our guys learned a bit about themselves tonight. We showed some real defensive intensity, particularly in the first half. I was very pleased with the effort of our freshmen. This was their first road game and they each shined. It was great to see Tyrrell nail down all those points. Al is extremely unselfish and usually looks to dish off when he penetrates into the paint. Tonight he just went hard to the basket. At least ten of his points were on lay ups. He had a great game."
The Men are now 2-0, 2-0 and next face non-conference, in-state rival Johnson State College at home. The contest is scheduled for 8pm on Wednesday, November 16th, and will be preceded by the women, also playing Johnson, at 6pm.