Late Run Lifts Men's Basketball To NECC Win Over SVC

Late Run Lifts Men's Basketball To NECC Win Over SVC

BENNINGTON, Vt. – A 13-0 run late in the first half gave Becker College the cushion needed to pull out a 78-72 road win over Southern Vermont College Thursday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball action.

Southern Vermont was paced by sophomore guard Antoine White (Germantown, Md.) who notched 15 points for the Mountaineers while Becker junior guard Donovin Ford-Hayes (Windsor Locks, Conn.) totaled a game-high 23 points.

The Hawks improve to 10-8 on the season, 6-4 against the league. With the loss, SVC drops to 12-7 overall, 6-3 in conference play.

White added a team-high five assists to his line as Mountaineer freshman Eddie Mack III (Hartford, Conn.) followed up with 13 points, three boards and two assists. SVC freshman Rayshawn Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.) added 12 points while sophomore forward Dolapo Olugbile (Laurel, Md.) recorded eight points and a team-best eight rebounds.
Ford-Hayes also had five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the win as BC junior forward David Maturah (Windsor Locks, Conn.) and sophomore forward Scott Dulaire (Bloomfield, Conn.) had 14 points apiece; Dulaire added a team-high eight rebounds coming off the Becker bench. Junior guard Chris Canady (Newark, N.J.) helped facilitate the Hawk offense, dishing a game-best six assists while chipping in with seven points.

The two sides ended fairly evenly on paper, tying in the rebound column with 38 apiece while SVC held a slight edge in the turnover department, committing just 10 to Becker's 11. The Hawks finished with a 45.6 field goal percentage as Southern Vermont shot 42.9 percent from the floor. The free throw line was a different story, however, as Becker went 15-for-19 (78.9 percent) from the charity stripe, and the Mountaineers went just 10-for-19 (52.6 percent).

Southern Vermont was more dominant in the paint with 30 points compared to just 16 on the BC side, but Becker took advantage of being forced to play from the perimeter as the Hawks went 11-for-22 from beyond the arc. BC also made the most of its seven offensive rebounds, recording 12 second-chance points to just three for the Mountaineers.
With 9:17 to play in the first, Hawk senior guard Tyler Roberson (Irvington, N.J.) spotted up from three-point range and knocked it down to give Becker a 25-22 advantage. Southern Vermont came back to score the next two baskets as a White jumper put the Mountaineers back on top with a 26-25 lead at the 7:18 mark. That would be the last time SVC would be ahead, however, as a Ford-Hayes three-ball quieted the MAC faithful and sparked a 13-0 lead over the next 3:44 of play in the first half to put the Hawks up 38-26. The layup by freshman guard Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y.) to end the run with 2:01 left to play was the last basket of the half for BC, however, as Southern Vermont closed out the period with a 5-0 run to pull the game to 38-31 going into the break.
The Mountaineers came out of the locker room and started the second with a good deal of momentum, first with a layup by White and then a trey by freshman guard Brandon Casella (Pittsfield, Mass.). Maturah quickly put a damper on things as he came right back with a jumper on the other end to put Becker up 40-36. The Hawks continued to break the SVC press and convert their layups as they extended the lead to 49-39 off a Dulaire lay-in.
Southern Vermont threatened to regain the lead when Mack nailed a three, grabbed the defensive board on the ensuing Becker miss, and then ran the floor for a layup to make it a 54-49 ballgame. But the Hawks again responded, this time with a 9-0 run capped by an and-one play by Dulaire that would all-but-end it for Becker. SVC cut the lead to seven several times through the closing minutes, but the Hawk efficiency from both the free throw line and three-point distance disallowed the Mountaineers to get within striking distance. White hit a pair of layups late, but Canady converted both ends of the double bonus with 10 ticks left on the clock to seal the deal and hand SVC the 78-72 loss.