Men's Basketball beats NHTI to close out the first semester 101-80

Men's Basketball beats NHTI to close out the first semester 101-80

The Vermont Tech Men's Basketball team posted a 101-80 victory over vising NHTI to close out the first semester.  NHTI entered the game as the 4th ranked team in the USCAA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Poll.  With the win, VTC evens their conference mark at 3-3, and lifts their overall record to 3-7.

After NHTI got out to an early lead, Vermont Tech hit their stride offensively and amassed a 7-point halftime lead.  After the break, the Knights continued their efficient offensive play, building a lead of over 20 points mid-way through the second period. 
Nick Ryan posted a double-double with 34 points and 15 rebounds, and Jamal Hughes got his own double-double with a 24 point, 12 rebound performance.  In addition to the productivity of Ryan and Hughes, the story of the night was Vermont Tech's 3 point accuracy.  The Knights connected on 60% of their three point attempts.  Logan White led the way with (5) three point field goals on (6) attempts.  Nic Shepherd (3-6) and Jack Griffiths (3-5) bolstered the long-range attack with efficient shooting performances.

Through (10) games, Vermont Tech has faced six teams ranked in Week 1 of the USCAA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Poll:  Eastern Maine Community College (19th), Southern Maine Community College (1st), Central Maine Community College (7th), College of St. Joe's (11th), Berkeley College (6th) and NHTI (4th).  

League leaders

Through (10) games, the Vermont Tech Men's Basketball team has multiple statistical leaders. 
  • Jamal Hughes is 3rd in scoring at 23 points per game.
  • Nick Ryan is 5th in rebounding with a total of 8.5 caroms per contest.
  • Jamal Hughes is 8th in FG%, shooting at a clip of 54.2%.
  • Logan White ranks 5th in 3 point field goal accuracy, connecting on 47.4% of his long-range attempts.
As a team, Vermont Tech leads the Yankee Conference in Field Goal Percentage Defense, allowing opponents to score at a 39% mark.

The Knights are off until January 8th when they face the University of Maine Fort Kent on the road.  The Fort Kent game is the first of a back-to-back as the Knights will play league foe Northern Maine Community College on January 9th.