Knights Advance to USCAA National Semi-Final

Knights Advance to USCAA National Semi-Final

On Monday night the Vermont Tech men's basketball team took on the second seed Vikings from Villa Maria College in the USCAA Division II National Tournament held at Penn State - Fayette in Uniontown, Pennsylvania . After a hard fought battle the Knights stunned the Vikings 70-66. 

The tenth seed Knights started quickly, and after Drake Perry stuck a transition three, the lead was 18-6. Scoring for the Knights slowed down over the next 8 minutes, as the Vikings pulled back to tie the game 25-25 with 5:17 to play in the half. Play continued to go back and forth, resulting in a 33 all half time score.

Vermont Tech struggled offensively to start the second half. With 7:56 to play the Knights trailed by nine, but still had much left to give. Drake Perry came off a ball screen and pulled up to tie the game at 66 with 1:12 left in the game. On the next possession Jeremiah Shaw was fouled on a defensive rebound, and calmly sank a pair of free throws to give the Knights a two point lead. On the ensuing possession, Tyrone Hilson stole the ball and was fouled. The Senior All- American stepped to he line and with six seconds on the clock, sealed the game, 70-66, with two clutch free throws.

Jeremiah Shaw paced the Knights with 20 points, including a perfect 10-10 from the foul line. Drake Perry added 16 points, and Tyrone Hilson had a 14 point, 14 rebound double-double. The Knights improve to 24-9 on the season.

The Knights will now face Penn State Wilkes-Barre in the National Semi-Final on Tuesday night. The game will tip at 5 p.m.

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