BROOKLINE, Mass. - The balanced Mountaineers offense, led tonight by junior Josh Borders (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), who scored 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting and was one of five players in double-digits as the Southern Vermont Mountaineers defeated the Newbury Nighthawks, 81-65, on Wednesday evening at Pappas Gymnasium in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Mountaineers junior Andre Hodo (Rockville, Md.) scored 15 points and added 10 rebounds. Seniors Daemond Carter (Forestville, Md.) and Mike Pierre (Melrose, N.Y.) each scored 12 points. Junior Kyle Depollar (Rockville, Md.) scored 11 points in 15 minutes off the bench.
Nighthawks freshman Tim Deng (Portland, Maine) was solid for his second-straight game, scoring 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds. Senior Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.) contributed 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in 27 minutes. Freshman Wayne Massey (Gwynn Oak, Md.) scored eight points off the bench.
The Nighthawks hung tough for the majority of the first half after falling behind 12-4 in the early going. With the score 30-30 and 3:28 remaining in the first, the Mountaineers ended the opening frame on a 12-4 run to lead 42-34 at the half. The Mountaineers shot 15-for-35 in the opening 20 minutes. Deng led all scorers with 13 points.
The Mountaineers extended their advantage to 13 early in the second but the Nighthawks fought back with a 22-8 run to cut the deficit to 59-56. Langston and Massey each scored six in the run that got the game within one possession.
However, the NECC's top team responded with an 11-3 run, with nine combined points from Pierre and Borders to grab the momentum away and lead 70-59 with 5:29 to go.
The Nighthawks got as close as eight, but an 8-0 Mountaineers run silenced any chance of a comeback by the Nighthawks, as the Mountaineers won their third straight, improving to 7-1 in January.
The win moves the Mountaineers to 14-4 (6-1 NECC) while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 4-12 (2-5 NECC).
The Nighthawks return to action on Saturday when they travel to Mitchell for an NECC game at 1:00 p.m. The Mountaineers also return Saturday as they host Dean in NECC action at 1:00 p.m.