Bennington, VT- After leading by only three going into halftime, Southern Vermont extended its advantage to 16 midway through the second half. The Knights battled back to get within one point late in the game, but a converted pair of free throws by the Mountaineers pushed their lead back to three with time waning. Junior Jamal Hughes (Stone Mountain, GA) was able to get off a desperation shot from beyond the perimeter right before the buzzer in an attempt to tie the game, but bounced off the front of the rim to give Southern Vermont the win in the first round of the Tri-State Shootout Tournament
Hughes put up a game-high 28 points, adding two assists and two steals to his day. Junior Logan White (So. Royalton, VT) followed with 17 points on 5-8 shooting from beyond the arc; he also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the effort. Sophomore Nick Ryan (Perth, Australia) made his way to double digits with 12 points, nabbing five rebounds in the process.
SVC junior DeShawn Hamlet (Hartford, CT) led his team with 21 points 12 rebounds, adding a game-high four steals off the bench. Classmate Casey Hall (Albany, NY) also notched a double-double, scoring 11 points, 13 boards and three blocks on the day. Junior captain Antoine White (Bethesda, MD) added 14 points and three assists while classmate William Bromirski(Cambridge, NY) registered nine points, all coming from three-point range.
Team statistics were nearly even in every category, SVC out-rebounding the Knights just 48-42. The Mountaineers also had an 11-8 second-chance point advantage while edging VTC 27-24 on made field goals. The Knights owned a 12-6 nod on three-point baskets, but SVC put up 42 points in the paint compared to just 24 on the Vermont Tech. side.
Vermont Tech and RPI will match up Sunday for the 1 p.m. consolation game