Score: Southern Vermont 85, Dean College 75
Records: Southern Vermont (11-3, 3-0 NECC), Dean College (6-6, 1-2 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Southern Vermont senior Mike Pierre scored 20 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and the visiting Mountaineers claimed an 85-75 win over Dean College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
Pierre's 20 second half points were part of a 45 point second stanza that saw Southern Vermont shoot 50 percent from both the field (15-for-30) and from three-point range (5-for-10).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Pierre, who was saddled with two first half fouls, came out of the locker room hot, scoring six points as part of an 11-2 run that turned a 42-40 halftime deficit into a 51-44 lead a little more than five minutes into the period.
Dean answered back with consecutive baskets from Courie Stevenson (Waterbury, Conn.) and Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.), but Pierre responded with a three-point bomb to keep the Mountaineers in front.
The Bulldogs did even the score at 54-54 when they scored six straight points courtesy of two Booker free throws, a Stevenson swoop to the hoop and a Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) basket. They then went back in front moments later on a strong drive by Marquez Walls (Tampa, Fla.) and a Russell three-pointer.
Southern Vermont swung momentum back into their favor with a 10-2 run highlighted by three-pointers from Daemond Carter and KJ Kinsey and when Pierre tipped in a Kinsey miss, suddenly the Mountaineers were in front, 67-61.
After a Walls three-pointer closed the gap, Southern Vermont pushed it out further with five points from Pierre and then another Carter three-pointer had the Mountaineers in front, 75-64.
Dean made one final push to get to within five at 75-70, but six straight points from Southern Vermont capped by a Pierre steal and finish put the game out of reach.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Overall, the Mountaineers shot 48 percent from the field, held a slight advantage on points in the paint (38-34) and doubled (24) the Bulldogs (12) in free throws attempted.
In addition to his 25 points, Pierre added eight rebounds, while Kinsey came off the bench to score 20 points in 28 minutes of action.
Carter totaled 11 points and seven rebounds and Andre Hodo added six points, eight rebounds and six assists despite shooting 1-for-10.
Dean's balanced attack was led by Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.), who finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while both Booker and Russell added 15 each. Walls, meanwhile, chipped in with ten points off the bench before fouling out.
Dean returns to the hardwood on Tuesday when the visit NECC foe Elms College, while the Mountaineers return home for a NECC Championship rematch with Becker College.