Randolph Center, VT- The Vermont Tech Men's Basketball team got off to a slow start on Saturday afternoon against the Fisher Falcons trailing by 15 at halftime. However, a second half surge by the home team propelled the Knights to a 72-71 victory at the SHAPE Gymnasium. The Falcons fall to 4-4 while the Knights improve to 8-2.
FC used sharp shooting and strong rebounding out of the gate, taking an early 14-6 lead six minutes into the game and forcing a VT timeout. The Knights responded out of the timeout and went on their own 14-7 run to bring them back to within one as the scoreboard displayed a 21-20 lead for the Falcons with 7:59 left in the first half. Fisher answered with another run of there own with a 15-2 run taking a 41-26 lead into the break.
The Knights turned the tables in the second half, shooting a solid 51% to get back into the game early in the second stanza. VTC outscored the Falcons 19-8 in the first eight minutes of play to get within two at 49-47. The Knights continued to put the pressure on the Falcons, but FC continued to have the answer, not giving up the lead until Dajuan Johnson hit a three to give the Knights a 65-63 lead with four minutes left to play. Kyle Williams hit a huge trifecta to put the Falcons back on top 69-67 with 2:17 remaining in the game. Jeremiah Shaw hit a three of his own to put the Knights back on top 70-69, but again Williams kept his team in it hitting a layup to make it a 72-71 game in favor of the Knights. With 11 seconds remaining the Falcons came out of a time out, looking for an open shot, but the shot from Lumpkins missed and the Falcons would have to settle for the 72-71 loss.
Jeremiah Shaw continued his excellence leading all scorers, tallying 31 points in the win while Chance Cole and Mario Mirchev both added double figure efforts for the Knights team. Paul Oha Jr., Jhalen Lumpkins and Kyle Williams all finished in double figures for the Falcons, with 16, 15 and 11 points respectively.