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BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont College men’s basketball team fell behind early and succumbed, 87-72, to New England Collegiate Conference opponent Becker College Saturday afternoon in the Field House.

SVC junior guard Lance Spratling led all scorers with 35 points and pulled down 11 boards for a double-double.

The Hawks were led by junior forwards Rajai Leggett and Matt Petrides who each posted 22 points in the victory.

The loss drops the Mountaineers to 5-14 (2-7 NECC), while Becker improves to 12-7 overall (8-0 NECC).

The Mountaineers came out ready to play as it remained within four points of Becker 22-18 with 6:55 remaining in the first. The Hawks turned up the heat and scored 27 points in the final seven minutes of the half, and at the break it was 49-33 in Becker’s favor. Petrides drained five triples in the first half (15 points) for the Hawks, while Spratling led the half with 16 points going 9-14 from the charity stripe for SVC. Leggett also had a tremendous period with 15 points.

The Mountaineers could not chip away the Becker lead in the second half as the Hawks led by as much as 22 points. Spratling led the second half scorers as well with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting.

Sophomore forward Ben Naaktgeboren had the games only other double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. He also only gave up one turnover had two monster blocks, and a steal. Sophomore forward Cam Herrington rounded out the Southern Vermont scoring with solid nine points and he also pulled down five rebounds.

Sophomore guard Terrance Favors had a stellar performance at the point with 19 points, four assists, and three steals. Becker’s aggressive defense tallied a total of 12 steals as it continues its NECC winning streak with eight in a row.

The Mountaineers are back in action Tuesday, when they head to Daniel Webster for a 7 p.m. start.

Becker 78, SVC 70

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont College women’s basketball team played host to New England Collegiate College rival Becker College on Saturday, losing 78-70 in a game where the Hawks led by as much as 20 in the second half.

SVC Guard Joa Claircius had a team-high 27 points, 17 of which came in the second half.

Senior Courtney Fiske had a game-high 29 points for Becker as she drained nine treys in the win. The Mountaineers fall to 3-18 overall (2-11 NECC), while the Hawks improve to 5-15 overall (5-6 NECC).

The Hawks started out on a 9-0 run off the tip with Fiske scoring five and junior forward Heidi Miller draining two jumpers. SVC got its offense on playing shot for shot with the Hawks until 2:47 was left in the first and it was 33-30 Becker. The Hawks ended the half on a 9-3 run giving them a 42-33 lead at the break.

In the second Miller drained two free throws and several jumpers, which led to three-pointers from sophomore Kristina Desnoyers and Fiske giving Becker a 20 point cushion with 13:48 to go in regulation. The Mountaineers were not down and out yet as it complied a 17-3 run led by Claircius who made shot after shot for 15 points in that rally.

Unfortunately for Southern Vermont the Hawks brought its clutch shooters in freshman Katelyn Cavanaugh and Fiske as they both hit important triples to keep Becker on top. SVC could only come within five with 41 seconds remaining on a trey from sophomore guard Alyssa Davis. The Mountaineers 28 turnovers were converted into 29 points by Becker, while the dominating rebounding of SVC, 62 to the Hawks 29, kept them in the game.

Miller finished the game with 23 for Becker including five rebounds and three steals. Senior guard Shannon Tibbetts moved the ball well at the point for the Hawks as she finished with seven assists.

The Mountaineers had a monster double-double from freshman forward Christie Henry who finished with 10 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. Forward Kiara Bates finished with 14 rebounds not far behind Henry. Davis and senior forward Rachel Pannell each chipped in 13 for Southern Vermont.

The Mountaineers are back in action Tuesday, when they travel to Elms College for a 6 p.m. tip-off.

Elms 3, Mountaineers 0

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont College men’s volleyball team came up short against New England Collegiate Conference opponent Elms College, 3-0 (12-30, 20-30, 23-30), Saturday night in the Field House.

Sophomore hitter Yonalvy Acosta led Elms to victory with a tremendous attack notching 19 kills.

With the win, Elms improves to 3-7 overall, 3-3 NECVA, 2-1 NECC, while Southern Vermont slips to 1-6 overall, 1-5 NECVA, 0-3 NECC.

Acosta paced the Blazers offense, hitting at a sizzling .500 clip (19K, 2E, 34TA) for the match, helping Elms to a team hitting percentage of .257 (47K, 18E, 113TA). Sophomore setter Mike Martin directed a well-balanced offensive attack, handing out 38 assists. Freshman middle hitter Wilfrido Fermin downed nine kills, while freshman outside hitter Stephen Cameron blasted eight in the wining effort.

Junior libero Mike Ryan and sophomore opposite hitter Mike Kleckner led the Blazers’ defense, recording 19 and 12 digs respectively.

Acosta and sophomore middle hitter Aaron Coifman each registered a solo block and three assisted blocks in Elms’ victory over the Mountaineers.

Southern Vermont was led by Matt Schwab who downed a team-high six kills, while Sean Moore and Jullian Amaral added five each. Moore contributed four solo stuffs, while Schwab collected eight digs in the losing effort.

Southern Vermont is back in action Saturday, when it hosts NECC foe Newbury College at 7 p.m. in the Field House.


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