Randolph Center, VT - The Vermont Tech Men's Basketball team was able to hold off the Bengals of the University of Maine Fort Kent to secure their first win of the New Year. The Knights and Bengals were tied 35-35 at halftime, but thanks to an excellent second half Vermont Tech was able to grab the win 78-63.
Both teams took the court Monday in need of a win. Vermont Tech was coming off a Saturday defeat at the hands of SUNY Canton, while the Bengals of UMFK were winlesss on the season. The desire to take home the win was apparent on both sides, as they fought hard on each and every possession. As the first half was coming to a close, UMFK, led by Glen Gaitor's 9 points, was ahead by 6. At just 53 secdonds left in the half Knight Freshman, Kyle Kissenberth (Winter Park, FL) stepped up and hit a 3 to pull VTC winthin 3. Then, after a UMFK miss and Sam Marler (Fr./Sydney, Australia) rebound, Kissenberth hit another 3 with just 30 seconds left in the half to tie the game. Kissenberth led the Knights in the first half with 9 points on his way to a final of 17 points and 8 rebounds.
The teams traded baskets severeal times at the start of the second half. At the 13 minute mark, Kissenberth hit another 3 points, and Josh Lindsey (Sr./Palm Bay, FL) nailed a jumper to give the Knights a 5 point cushion. Lindsey finished with a double-double 20 points, 12 rebounds. The Bengals never got closer than those 5 points, and although they hung around for a while the Knights were able to slowly pull away from their opponents. The 15 point differential in the end was the largest lead of the game.
Marler finished the game with an impressive 10 assists. Alex Tyrrell (Sr./Sydney Australia) had 13 points in the win. For UMFK, Jorge Matesanz had 11 points and Sean Doman 10 points. Fred Sanchez led the Bengals with 8 rebounds.
The Knights are now 6-7 and next face Northern Maine Community College at home on Wednesday at 6pm.