South Portland, ME - The Vermont Tech Knights increased their Yankee Small College Conference record to 4-0 with a win on the road versus Southern Maine. The Knights defeated the Seawolves by the final of 84-71.
The Knights continually attacked the basket from the very beginning of the game, getting inside for easy looks. This was directly responsible for their incredible shooting percentage in the contest. The visitors shot 53.7% from the floor, keyed by Senior Josh Lindsey (Palm Bay, FL) who connected on 10 of 15 field goals to garner 21 points, and Freshman Sam Marler (Sydney, Australia) who hit on 6 of 8, including 2-2 on 3s and 1-1 on FTs. Marler added 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals to go along with his 15 points. Lindsey also contributed 13 rebounds and 3 blocks.
The first half saw the teams jockeying for position, attempting to get just a little ahead of one another. At just one minute left in the period, the score was tied at 33 after an Alex Tyrrell (Sr./Sydney, Australia) jump shot. VTC then went on a 7 point run in the closing moments. Ryan Follensbee (Sharon, VT) connected on a jumper, as well as 2 free throws, while Marler hit a 3 as the buzzer sounded. The half came to a close with the score 40-34 in favor of the Knights.
After some resistance from the home team, the Knights began to assert their dominance and construct a comfortable lead. VTC went on a 11-2 run to make the game 60-48 and then never looked back. After that run, the game never got closer than 11 points and at one point the Knights had a lead of 16.
Tyrrell continued his stellar play for Vermont Tech, as he went for 23 points to go with 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Freshman Andrew Scott (Melbourne, FL) also had a solid performance, finishing with 9 points, 9 rebounds.
Tyheem Simon led SM with 16 points, while Emmanuel Donalson scored 10.
The Knights finished the game with a 48 to 34 advantage in the paint. In addition, VTC used a lax SM transition defense to gain 14 fast break points to just 6 for the Seawolves.
SM used their bench to their best ability to keep themselves in the game. Their bench scored 43 points, while the Knights' bench could only muster 14 in the win.
The Knights are now 4-4, 4-0 and continue their trip in Maine on Sunday when they travel into Auburn to face Central Maine. The contest is scheduled for 2pm, and will take place immediately proceeding the women's game.