Albany, NY - The Knights of Vermont Tech travelled to Albany yesterday, and were able to walk out of the USCAA Men's Basketball Division II #3 ranked team's gym with a convincing victory. The Knights easily handled the Panthers of Albany College of Pharmacy, the final score was 63-44.
From the opening tip Vermont Tech controlled the pace of play, using efficient half-court offense to break down Albany's vaunted 2-3 zone. They used both an inside and outside game, penetrating in the middle and hitting wide open threes to force the home team out of their comfort zone. Late in the first half, with the Knights scoring at will and the Albany offense sputtering, the Panthers switched to a man defense and the zone was never seen again. At the half, the score was 29-18 in favor of VTC.
Alex Tyrrell (Sr./Sydney, Australia) ran a dual role in the game, taking over point guard duties for injured Sam Marler (Fr./Sydney, Australia) and still producing his normal scoring. He finished the game with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals while playing 38 minutes. Kyle Kissenberth (Fr./Winter Park, FL) contributed significantly for the Knights, scoring 12 on 4 of 8 shooting from 3, while also grabbing 12 rebounds. Freshman Andrew Scott (Melbourne, FL) and Junior Brandon Matano (Honolulu, HI) hit in double figures as well, with Scott scoring 12 and Matano 11. Scott was second in rebounding on the team with 8.
For the Panthers, Casey Redfern scored 15 and Steven Brown pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Knights improve their record to 12-8, 8-2 and nexts travel to Portland, ME where they will face the University of Maine-Augusta on a neutral court. The game is scheduled for 7pm on Saturday, January 26.