BOSTON, Mass.- The Wheelock College men's basketball team fell to NECC competitor Southern Vermont College on Tuesday night, 97-64. With the result, the Wildcats fall to 1-9 on the season while the Mountaineers improve to 9-2.
How it Happened: The Wildcats took a 8-4 lead over the Mountaineers, in the opening minutes of the first half, when senior guard Kiwane Crowder (Milwaukee, Wisc.) knocked down two three pointers. Southern Vermont answered by going on a 21-0 run including four points and two huge offense rebounds by senior center Claude Payne (South Plainfield, N.J.) and a pair of buckets by freshman guard KJ Kinsey (Rockville, M.D.). Crowder was able to score five more points in the final minutes to cut the deficit to 51-26 at the half.
Wheelock came out of the gate strong in the second half and was able to string together a 19-9 run which saw the Mountaineers' lead cut to 60-45. Wheelock freshman forward Brendan Miller (Tampa, Fla.) notched 10 points and 7 rebounds to help the Wildcats gain much need momentum.
The Wildcats continued to stay within striking distance of Southern Vermont, but the Mountaineers proved to be too much late in the second half. Andre Hodo (Rockville, M.D.) and Josh Borders (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) had solid second halves recording a combined 13 points and 9 rebounds.
Wheelock shot 39 percent from the floor, 29.6 percent from behind the 3-pt line, and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. Southern Vermont shot 47.4 percent from the floor, 26.1 percent from behind the 3-pt line, and 81 percent from the free throw line.
Who stood out: The Wildcats recorded two players in double digits: Kiwane Crowder-16, and Brendan Miller-13. Miller also recorded 9 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal on the night. The Mountaineers also finished the night with four players in double digits: Claude Payne-19, Mike Pierre-17, Andre Hodo-17, and Josh Borders-16.
What it means: Wheelock College looks to compete in the second half of the season with 13 straight conference matchups.
Up Next: The Wildcats are back in action on Thursday, January 11th when they travel to Becker College (6:00 p.m. tipoff).