In a low scoring affair, the Knights of Vermont Tech fell at home in their second semester opener to the Bengals of the University of Maine Fort Kent. The final score was 61-42.
The game started slowly for both squads, who each seemed to have tired legs from their recent travels. Fort Kent was coming off a long bus ride from Maine via Canton, NY where they defeated SUNY Canton only one day prior. Vermont Tech arrived back from a three game in three day Florida trip on Saturday, only to turn around two days later and play a tough opponent in the Bengals. The score at halftime was 22-20 in favor of Fort Kent, with neither team having a player in double figures and both shooting just above 25%.
The second half saw Fort Kent begin to put together a semblance of an offense, while Vermont Tech still struggled from the field. The Knights finished the second half shooting a dismal 21%, making their game total shooting percentage only 24. In addition, there was a stretch in the second half where the Knights went scoreless for the better part of eight minutes. The Bengals, meanwhile, put together a much better display, scoring 39 in the second, shooting 46% from the field and 54% from 3 point range. Jeremy Thomas led the way for Fort Kent with a double-double, scoring 17 and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Senior Kevin Carr (Westminster, MD) led the Knights in scoring with 13, the only Vermont Tech player in double figures. Juniors Jhason Clark (Albany, NY) and Josh Lindsey (Palm Bay, FL) tied for the team lead in rebounds, bringing down 10 a piece.
Vermont Tech is now 11-5, 5-1 and next enter back into YSCC play versus the University of Maine-Machias on Wednesday at 8pm. The game will be preceded by the women at 6pm.