Men’s Basketball Clipped 51-49 by Trinity in Ed Hockenbury Classic Opening Round

kyle depollar shoots the ball

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College men's basketball team couldn't get a game-winning three at the buzzer to go Saturday night as the Mountaineers lost 51-49 to Trinity College in the opening round of Norwich University's Ed Hockenbury Classic held at Andrews Hall Gymnasium.

The Bantams converted a four-point play at the end of the first half to go into the break with a 26-25 edge, and TC escaped after a tightly-contested second period to move into Sunday's championship round.

SVC (3-2) will take on the University of Maine at Augusta Sunday in the 1 p.m. consolation game. Norwich defeated the Moose 98-78 earlier Saturday evening.

Mountaineer senior Kyle Depollar (Rockville, Md.) dropped a season-best 15 points to lead the team while sophomore Donnell Frayer Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.) followed with 12 points and three assists. Senior Andre Hodo (Silver Spring, Md.) had six points in addition to pulling down a game and career-best 15 rebounds.

The game was incredibly equal on many fronts as each team shot 38 percent from the floor, grabbed 29 total rebounds, and committed 10 turnovers.

An early Frayer Jr. triple helped give SVC a five-point advantage off the jump, but Trinity kept it close and started a back-and-forth battle which resulted in seven ties and 13 lead changes. After Frayer Jr. hit another from downtown to give the Mountaineers a 25-22 upper hand with 23 ticks on the clock, TC got a long trey to go before the buzzer while drawing the foul; the Bantam shot from the charity stripe went through and gave Trinity the one-point edge at the intermission.

Down by seven early into the second half, SVC went on a 10-0 run sparked by five points by Frayer Jr. The lead kept trading hands as neither side was able to pull away. Down by five with just over a minute to go, Southern Vermont senior Aaron Murray (Camden, N.J.) hit a jumper to make it a one-possession game. Depollar then went 1-2 from the line after a Trinity turnover and foul, but his second shot was corralled by Hodo for the Mountaineers to set up a final chance.

SVC worked the ball around the front court as seconds ran off the clock, and the Mountaineers eventually took a timeout with just a few ticks left. Off the stoppage, Frayer Jr. got a decent look at a game-winning triple from the right corner but could not connect as time expired.