New York, NY - On Monday, November 19 the Vermont Tech Knights dropped their first game in New York City to perennial powerhouse Medgar Evers College. The Cougars won 80-56, improving their record to 2-1 Overall while the Knights drop to 3-2 overall.
Vermont Tech started the game quickly with a three knocked down by Freshman Kyle Kissenberth (Winter Park, FL). After Medgar answered with four fast points of their own, Kissenberth hit another three to give the Knights a 6-4 advantage. With 13:16 left in the half and the score 12-11 Knights, Winston Douglas of Medgar made a layup and gave the Cougars a 13-12 lead. Vermont Tech would cut the lead down to 1 on two free throws made by Senior Alex Tyrrell (Sydney, Australia), 15-14 before the Cougars again grabbed a lead at 16-15 at the 10:30 mark. The home team then extended the lead to 10pts and ended the half on a 21-14 run to make the score at the break 38-30.
The 2nd half was all Medgar Evers College as they led at one point by as much as 30pts.
Vermont Tech was led by Tyrrell with 16pts and Kissenberth with 14pts. Tyrrell, Kissenberth and Sam Marler (Fr./Sydney, Australia) each had 7 rebounds, and Marler added 5 assists and 5 steals.
In the win, Medgar Evers College was led by Douglas, recording his 3rd Double Double with 30pts and 22 rebounds. Jovan Deare scored 21pts, grabbed 6 rebounds, tallied 5 assists, and 4 steals and Kayode Prime scored 14pts.
On Tuesday the 20th the men made the short trip from Brooklyn to lower Manhattan to take on Berkeley College (NY). The home team was able to control the game on their way to a 83-68 win.
In the first half, Berkeley jumped out to an early 20-12 lead sparked by a couple of three balls by Mario Guzman and Alexander Loniakan, which capped a 12-3 run. Vermont Tech would cut the lead to five with 11 minutes to play in the first, but The home team would answer again with a 9-3 run, powered by two more three pointers from Loniakan. Berkeley led 49-38 at the half.
The second half would prove to be more of the same for The Knights of Berkeley as they went up by as many as 17 points in the first four minutes of play. A three pointer by Javan Bovell and back-to-back lay-ups by Jose Stable put the Knights up 63-46 with 15 and change to play.
Vermont would fight back behind Tyrrell with 22 points, 6 assists. However, Berkeley maintained their double-digit lead throughout the second half and won by a final score of 83-68. Marler had another solid performance, playing 37 of 40 minutes, scoring 15 and dishing 7 assists. Josh Lindsey (Sr./Palm Bay, FL) contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds.
Berkeley College was led by Elijah Craig's double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds to go along with his six blocked shots. Bovell added 17 while Kaseem Williams chipped in with 16.
The men are now 3-3, 3-0 and will next face in-state rival Johnson State College on Tuesday, November 27. The game is at Johnson and will follow the girls' contest.