LEICESTER, Mass.- Kyle Credle's three point attempt rattled off the rim as time expired as Becker College fell to Southern Vermont College 75-72 in New England Collegiate Conference men's basketball action Tuesday evening at the Leicester Gymnasium.
Becker (6-8, 3-2 NECC) had the momentum for much of the first half of action. A layup by Josh Border (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) with 16:12 remaining in the first half gave the Mountaineers an early 9-4 advantage. The Hawks would respond with a 9-0 run to go ahead 13-9 with 13:34 remaining in the half. Becker took their largest lead of the game with 5:45 left in first stanza when Reginald Finney (Ansonia, Conn.) scored on a feed from Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y.) to make the score 25-16.
After SVC (13-3, 7-0 NECC) head coach Dan Engelstad called a timeout, the Mountaineers went on an 18-7 run to close out the half to take a 34-32 advantage at the break. Of the Mountaineers 18 points, 11 were scored by Josh Borders, including a trio of three pointers.
Kyle Credle opened the second half with a three pointer, giving Becker their last lead of the game. Southern Vermont went in front by as much as 16 points in the second half. Casey Hall (Albany, N.Y.) put the Mountaineers up 72-56 with just 4:14 remaining in regulation. Becker got right back into game with an 8-0 run, which including a crowd pleasing dunk by Samuel Dorodola (Rosedale, N.Y.).
After Josh Borders put the Mountaineers up 74-64 with a pair of free-throws, Becker's Nafis Streeter (Philadelphia, Pa.) nailed back-to-back jumpers and Kyle Credle dropped one in from beyond the arc to make it a one possession game. On the inbound pass, DeShawn Hamlet (Hartford, Conn.) was fouled with 13 seconds remaining on the clock. Hamlet's free-throw violation allowed the Hawks an opportunity to tie the game.
Josh Borders went four for five from beyond the arc to lead Southern Vermont with 18 points. William Bromirski (Cambridge, N.Y.) netted 13 points, while DeShawn Hamlet finished with 12 points. Casey Hall gathered a game-high seven boards and Nate Goldsmith (Capitol Heights, Md.) added 11 points off the bench.
Nafis Streeter scored 14 of his team leading 18 points in the second half of action. Streeter also matched Rashaun Liggon (Elizabeth, N.J.) with a team-best six rebounds. Liggon also added 13 points. Reginald Finney finished with 12 points, while Kyle Credle Chipped in with 11 points. Freshman Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass.) dished out a game-high six assists.