The Vermont Tech Men's Basketball team travelled to Philadelphia, PA this weekend for the Williamson College Winter Classic. The first game was against Williamson College, and the second against Central Penn College.
Saturdays contest against Williamson College was hard fought, but the men were able to take away a 70-57 win.
Williamson College jumped out to an early 19-9 lead behind some deep three-point shots from Gus Pagan. Following a timeout, the Knights went on a 12-0 run capped by two free throws from Dajuan Johnson. The home team would respond going into the break up one 27-26.
Williamson against took an early lead in the second half, as the Knights struggled to find the range from the field. A tip in by Jeremiah Shaw, followed by a made three from Drake Perry, gave the Knights a 12-point advantage with 5 minutes to play. From there they would hold on for a 13-point victory.
Coach Alex Tyrrell felt his team improved there play as the game progressed.
"Williamson is a tough team to play", said Coach Tyrrell. "They are well coached and play their style. As the game progressed we were able to make better decisions against the zone and get the quality offensive looks we weren't getting earlier in the game".
The win gives the Knights an 11-6 record overall.
In the second contest of the Williamson College Winter Classic, the Knights faced Central Penn College. The men were able to come away with a nine-point win, 80-71
Central Penn started out hot from behind the arc and jumped out to 21-10 lead with 11 minutes to play in the first half. As the knights settled into the game they used a 17-2 run to take the lead mid-way through the half. A Dajuan Johnson runner as time expired in the half gave Vermont Tech a three-point lead at the brake.
The second half was a battle with multiple lead changes. Locked at 58 a piece with 9 minutes to play, the men used a 10-1 run over the next four minutes to take a 68-59 advantage. Passing and timely rebounds were key down the stretch of the game, as the Knights took home the nine-point victory. .
Head Men's coach Alex Tyrrell thought the win was a big jump forward from his team.
"I thought we played consistent basketball today", said Coach Tyrrell. "We have been preaching to our guys the importance of defending hard and sharing the ball on the offense end. We did that tonight and I was very proud of my guys".
With the win, the Knights improve to 12-6. They return home to face U-Maine Machias on Tuesday afternoon at 4pm.