FRANKLIN, Mass. – Southern Vermont College returned to New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball action Saturday afternoon with a 73-69 loss at Dean College.
After going into halftime down 31-26, SVC found itself with a 10-point deficit midway through the second stanza. The Mountaineers bounced back and got within two in the final seconds, but the visitors couldn't get a go-ahead 3-pointer to fall with time waning.
Southern Vermont (8-3, 2-1 NECC) is next in action on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. league tilt at Newbury College.
SVC senior Josh Borders (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) tallied a team-high 19 points while adding four rebounds, four assists, and three steals to his line. Classmate Andre Hodo (Silver Spring, Md.) notched his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and a team-leading 11 rebounds, and he also had four assists in the effort. Sophomore Donnell Frayer Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.) posted 13 points, five steals, and four assists on the day.
DC shot 47.9 percent (23-48) from the floor while Southern Vermont connected on 42.6 percent (26-61) of its field goal attempts. While Dean had a 39-28 advantage in rebounds and both sides had 10 offensive boards, SVC outscored the Bulldogs 12-4 in second-chance points. Each team scored 24 points in the paint, but the hosts knocked down 10 shots from the outside to the Mountaineers' four to help make the difference.
The game was tight from the jump as neither squad was able to pull away in the first 20 minutes. The Mountaineers' biggest lead of the day came with 8:48 left in the first half when a layup made it just a 17-14 edge. The teams traded spurts through the rest of the half before a Dean triple was able to beat the buzzer for the Bulldogs to head into the locker room on top by five.
Baskets went back-and-forth to start the second frame with a Hodo jumper putting SVC back in front at 44-43 with 12:35 to go. Dean responded with a 12-1 run, however, with the help of three downtown buckets, and the Bulldogs wouldn't trail the rest of the way.
Borders would score four of eight unanswered SVC points as the Mountaineers pulled to within a pair; he would soon after knock down a trey to tie it at 60-60. Still, Southern Vermont couldn't pull ahead as DC continued to hit baskets from beyond the arc at the other end.
With the shot clock off, SVC was forced to foul the Bulldogs with the score sitting at 69-66. After a successful pair of freebies, Frayer Jr. drilled a big-time 3-pointer from the left edge to give his team a chance. The Mountaineers then forced a Dean turnover out of a stoppage, but the go-ahead attempt from the outside clanked off the backboard to the relief of the Bulldogs.
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