Men’s Basketball Falters at Mitchell, 73-65

aaron murray dribbles the ball looking for a pass

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Southern Vermont College was clipped 73-65 at Mitchell College Thursday night in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball action at Yarnall Athletic Center.

The Mountaineers trailed 37-20 at halftime but got back into it with a late push in the second period. SVC couldn't complete the comeback, however, as the Mariners took the first meeting of the season.

Southern Vermont (11-5, 5-3 NECC) is off until Tuesday when the team heads to Eastern Nazarene College to start the back leg of the league schedule with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

Mountaineer senior Andre Hodo (Silver Spring, Md.) and sophomore Donnell Frayer Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.) tied the team-high of 17 points with Hodo adding eight rebounds while Frayer Jr. had three steals and two assists. Junior Damon Daniel (Gaithersburg, Md.) chipped in with 13 points in 28 minutes off the bench as senior Aaron Murray (Camden, N.J.) grabbed a team-best 13 boards.

Team stats were nearly identical with MC having just a 37-34 edge in rebounds while SVC had a 19-18 advantage in points off turnovers. Mitchell tallied a 28-24 upper hand in points from the paint, and both sides connected on six 3-point attempts. The Mariners were able to utilize offensive boards better, however, as they outscored SVC 12-5 in second-chance points.

There were only two lead changes through the evening before the hosts went on top for good with 12:27 to go in the first half. A 21-2 Mitchell run then gave the Mariners a comfortable advantage at the break.

Midway through the second half, Southern Vermont started to make its move as Daniel, Frayer Jr., and Hodo all hit a shot from downtown to make it a 62-50 difference. A 7-1 spurt, which included four Frayer Jr. points, then got the deficit to single digits with 5:30 left to play. Hodo hit a layup to make it a six-point margin in the final minute, but SVC was unable to take advantage of two MC turnovers down the stretch.