Men’s Basketball Opens Season With 91-62 Home Win Over St. Joseph

josh borders dribbles the ball

BENNINGTON, Vt. – The 2018-19 Southern Vermont College men's basketball season got underway Sunday afternoon at the Mountaineer Athletic Center with the team posting a 91-62 victory over the College of Saint Joseph (Vt.).

SVC went into the locker room on top 45-33 and built its lead up to as many as 29 points midway through the second half. The Mountaineers connected on 51.5 percent of their field goal attempts to walk out with the comfortable victory.

Southern Vermont (1-0) is next in action on Saturday with the Williams College Tip-off Tournament; SVC will first take on the College of Mount Saint Vincent Friday night at 7 p.m.

Leading the way for the Mountaineers was senior Josh Borders (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) who chalked up a game-high 20 points while adding eight boards and four assists to his line. Sophomore Kajuan Kinsey (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) had 17 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double in 24 minutes off the bench, and senior Andre Hodo (Silver Spring, Md.) registered 16 points, eight rebounds, and four helpers.

SVC connected on 35 of its 68 attempts from the floor while holding St. Joseph to a 34.3 field goal percentage (24-70). The Mountaineers pulled down a 45-38 advantage on the boards and shared the ball well—combining for 20 assists to the Fighting Saints' eight.

Southern Vermont sophomore Damon Daniel (Gaithersburg, Md.) knocked down a three early into the contest to spark a 13-0 run which included baskets from five Mountaineers. St. Joseph eventually got the lead back to single digits midway through the stanza, but SVC continued to connect at the other end to keep its separation. The teams traded baskets through the final minutes of the half for the hosts to go into the break on top by 12.

The play of the game came when Borders took a pass in the backcourt and lobbed it down towards the hoop to a streaking Kinsey; the sophomore leapt up to catch a ball that was heading out of bounds and immediately put it off the glass for an electrifying basket.

Borders scored four-straight points before Kinsey racked up six in-a-row during a 14-0 run; that gave SVC its biggest lead of the day at 75-46 with 7:36 on the clock. Capping the stretch was freshman Dylan Morris-Gray (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) who had his first collegiate basket come from behind the arc. The Fighting Saints scored the next 10, but it wouldn't be enough for a comeback as the Mountaineers got back to an offensive rhythm in front of their bench.

Morris-Gray finished with 10 points in 11 minutes of reserve time while Daniel had 10 of his own in addition to four assists.