WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College men's basketball team was dealt its first loss of the season Sunday afternoon as the Mountaineers fell 88-57 to Williams College in the Ephs' Tip-off Tournament championship game at Chandler Gymnasium.
SVC had its hands full against a WC squad that ranked eighth in the D3hoops.com preseason poll and ran a deep roster with an average height of 6 feet 6 inches tall. The Ephs pulled away to take a 49-32 lead into the intermission before outscoring the Mountaineers by 14 in the final 20 minutes.
Southern Vermont (2-1) now has a lengthy break surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday and will get back to action on Tuesday, November 27 with a 7 p.m. non-conference tilt at Pine Manor College.
Mountaineer sophomore Donnell Frayer Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.) had a game and season-best 23 points on 7-11 shooting from the floor; he added a team-high eight rebounds on the day. Senior Andre Hodo (Silver Spring, Md.) chipped in with 12 points and six boards while sophomore Kajuan Kinsey (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) dropped in 10 points.
Williams used its height advantage to pull down 43 rebounds to SVC's 29; that led to the Ephs outscoring Southern Vermont 16-2 in second chance points. WC also had a 30-8 upper hand in points from the paint.
The first minute of action looked good for the Mountaineers as a Hodo jumper made it a 7-3 lead for the visitors off the tip. The Ephs would start to click, however, and seized the momentum with nine unanswered points. Frayer Jr. drilled a triple to make it a three-point game at the 13:46 mark, but Williams responded with a 15-3 run to force an SVC timeout.
Southern Vermont couldn't get the deficit back to single digits the rest of the day while WC closed out the opening half with back-to-back treys for a 49-32 upper hand. The Ephs went 6-12 from downtown in the first 20 minutes to chalk up a 56.7 percent mark (17-30) from field goal range.
The second stanza was a formality for the hosts with WC drilling another five shots from beyond the arc to finish with a 47.8 percentage (11-23) from deep. Frayer Jr. had 13 of his points and six of his rebounds come in the half, but it would not be enough for Southern Vermont to threaten a comeback as the Ephs improved to 2-0 on the early season.
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