Mountaineers drop game to No. 4 Tommies

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OWINGS MILLS, MD. >> The Southern Vermont College men's basketball team fought hard Saturday in the second day of the 2015 Hoopsville National Invitational Classic, but the Mountaineers eventually fell 79-67 to the University of St. Thomas in the tournament played at Stevenson University.

The Tommies (3-0), a team ranked fourth in the season's first D3hoops.com national poll, led by just four going into halftime. They were able to open things up late in the game, however, to win the first all-time meeting between the two sides.

Mountaineer senior DeShawn Hamlet led the team with 17 points in 19 minutes of action, adding five rebounds to his line — he is now just 10 points from Lance Spratling's total of 1,202 points, which is sixth all-time. Sophomore Daemond Carter followed with 14 points on a 4-of-8 clip from behind the arc, adding three rebounds off the bench.

William Bromirski tallied 10 points while senior captain Antoine White tacked up six points and five assists to go with his team-best six rebounds.

Southern Vermont came out with strength and aggressive play, the tenacious SVC defense keeping the Tommies from getting their offense in full swing through the opening 10 minutes. Hamlet continued to be a force for the Mountaineers, scoring nine straight SVC points with the final two putting Southern Vermont up 16-14 with 11:02 to play.

St. Thomas then started to get things clicking, however, going on an 8-0 run while keeping the Mountaineers scoreless over the next four minutes of play. The Tommies scored six more unanswered points to go up 30-20 with 4:32 left on the clock, but Carter responded with a trey from the left wing on the ensuing possession to start a quick 6-0 SVC run that cut it to a four-point St. Thomas lead.

SVC trailed just 34-30 after the opening 20 minutes and stuck with St. Thomas through the first 10 minutes of the second half as Carter, Hamlet and Casey Hall scored to make it 56-52 at the under 10 timeout.

St. Thomas' final run put the game away, scoring the next eight to put the Tommies up 12. St. Thomas shot 51 percent from the floor (30-for-59) while SVC shot just over 36 percent (21-of-58).

SVC (1-2) is back in action November 29 with a 1 p.m. showdown at Castleton University.

SVC women fall to Curry, but win in consi

MILTON, MASS. >> For the fourth straight year, the Southern Vermont College women's basketball team was matched up against the hosting Colonels in the opening round of the Curry College Tip-off Tournament and they dropped an 86-62 decision on Saturday afternoon in the non-conference tilt.

Curry (2-2) shot over 50 percent while SVC (1-1) shot 33 percent.

The Colonels grabbed an early 11-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back, leading 40-16 at halftime. Southern Vermont outscored the hosts by a 28-22 margin in the third quarter to close the gap, but Curry was able to keep the Mountaineers at bay and finish off the victory to move into Sunday's championship game.

Southern Vermont was led by senior captain Amber Flagg, who had a quiet first half only to open up for 14 points in the second to register a game-high 17; she added five rebounds and six assists while also becoming SVC's all-time steals leader with six on the day (193 career). Classmate Shaniquewa Barnes added 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Turquoia Johnson chipped in 12 points a game-best 13 boards for her first double-double of the year.

Flagg reached the 1,400-point plateau in the game, becoming the sixth highest scorer in school history and inches closer to the record for the women's program.

SVC trailed by 24 points at halftime, but a 15-2 Mountaineers run closed the gap to 50-39 late in the third quarter. Curry pulled away after that, taking advantage of foul trouble to take a 62-44 lead into the fourth.

On Sunday, in the consolation game against Wellesley, SVC trailed after the first quarter Sunday afternoon, but the Mountaineers outscored the Blue in the final three periods to win 78-62.

Southern Vermont starts the season 2-1 for the first time since 2008-09, grabbing its first-ever victory on Curry's court in nine all-time games against varying opponents. Sunday also marked the first time SVC and WC ever matched up.

SVC senior captain Amber Flagg registered a game-high 23 points, adding seven rebounds and five steals to her day's line. Junior captain Amber Dow went 4-of-7 on three-pointers and 6-of-8 at the free throw line, registering a career-best 18 points.

Danielle Simmons notched a season-high 10 points and five rebounds off the Mountaineer bench and Kala MacKenzie pulled down nine rebounds to tie the team's high. MacKenzie now has 536 career boards, putting her up to third on the school's all-time list.

SVC was down early, but came back with a big second quarter to take a 36-29 lead at halftime.

Out of the break, the Mountaineers went on a 9-0 run, giving SVC a 16-point advantage they took to the fourth.

Southern Vermont shot 41 percent from the floor while the Blue shot 40 percent, and the difference came in the rebounding department as SVC outscored the Blue 21-1 in second-chance points. Next up for the Mountaineers is a road game at The Sage Colleges on November 30, tip-off for that non-conference contest slated for 7 p.m.


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