Men’s Basketball Holds on to Edge Lesley 71-69

damon daniel goes up for a layup against a nec defender

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College men's basketball team was able to maintain its upper hand late in the game Tuesday night to capture a 71-69 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) win at Lesley University.

LU took a slim 34-33 advantage to the intermission, but the Mountaineers took over early into the second period and would eventually lead by 10 midway through the frame. Lesley came back and went in front momentarily —only to see SVC answer and go back on top. The Mountaineers clung to the upper hand late in the evening before finishing it off from the free throw line.

Southern Vermont (12-4, 6-2 NECC) is next in action on Thursday with a 6 p.m. NECC contest at Mitchell College.

Mountaineer senior Josh Borders (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) posted team-highs of 21 points and eight rebounds while adding three assists and three steals to his line. Classmate Andre Hodo (Silver Spring, Md.) followed with 17 points, five boards, and four steals as the other three Southern Vermont starters had six points apiece.

SVC went 26-53 (49.1 percent) from field goal range while the Lynx were close behind at 45.5 percent (25-55). Lesley had an 11-5 upper hand in 3-pointers, but the Mountaineers were able to register a 28-24 edge in second-chance points. Southern Vermont also outscored LU 21-14 in points off turnovers.

After LU went ahead 15-6 early on, SVC surged to a 15-0 run behind seven Borders points. The teams traded blows through the rest of the opening period to set up a tightly-contested second half.

Southern Vermont scored the first eight points after play resumed with Hodo notching five of those. Lesley ended the Mountaineers' run with a trey, but SVC continued to build on its lead and eventually went in front 48-38 with 13:25 to go. LU answered with an 11-2 run to get within one, and the Lynx continued to connect from beyond the arc to pull ahead at 55-53.

Six-straight Hodo points, however, made for the final lead change of the night heading down the stretch. Lesley's 10th 3-pointer of the game cut it to a 67-66 difference, but the Lynx wouldn't be able to score the rest of the way except for a buzzer-beating trey which came with the hosts down by five. Borders hit both of his free throws with nine seconds left to put it out of Lesley's reach.