JOHNSON, Vt. – Johnson State College men's basketball ran out to a 56-35 halftime lead and was able to hold off visiting Vermont Technical College on Tuesday night at Carter Gymnasium for a 92-83 non-conference victory. Johnson improves to 2-3 overall while Vermont Tech now stands at 3-4.
All five Johnson starters reached double-figures led by freshman Austin Robinson (Burlington, Vt./Rice Memorial) and 21 point, six rebound night. Junior forward Bryan Hickey (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) recorded his fourth straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while seniors Cody Camisa (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and Andy Bousono (Philadelphia, Penn./Nueva Esperanza) each scored 13 points. Sophomore guard Asim Khan (Torrance, Calif./Torrance) added 12 points for JSC.
Vermont Tech senior forward Josh Lindsey (Palm Bay, Fla.) had a big night notching game-high's of 25 point and 15 rebounds while classmate Alex Tyrrell (Sydney, Australia) netted 24 points behind 3-of-6 shooting from the arc.
Both teams showed high-powered offenses and defensives struggling to get stops over the first 11 minutes as the teams played to a 31-31 tie with 8:58 to play. A jumper by Camisa with 6:17 to play in the first half gave Johnson a 34-33 lead, a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the night and igniting an impressive 22-2 run to close the half giving JSC a 56-35 lead going into the locker room.
VTC would slice the lead to 10 at 64-54 with 13:20 to go in the second half behind fine play from the seniors Tyrrell and Lindsey. Johnson would keep VTC at bay throughout the second half leading by double-figures until the game's final basket.
Johnson handled the ball well throughout the evening committing a season-low six turnovers while also knocking down 10 3-points field goals on 42% shooting. Vermont Tech won the rebounding battle 40-34 and shot 52% on the night.
VTC next travels this weekend to Maine for two tough YSCC opponents. On Saturday they will face Southern Maine CC in South Portland at 3pm, while Sunday the team takes on Central Maine CC in Auburn at 2pm.