JOHNSON, Vt. – The Johnson State College men's basketball team fell to Southern Vermont College 66-57 on Saturday afternoon at Carter Gym.
The Badgers move to 1-1 on the season while the Mountaineers go to 2-0.
The teams were evenly matched through the majority of the first half, with neither team holding more than a five point lead in the first 14 minutes. With the scored tied at 21 with 6:34 left in the half, Southern Vermont went on a 16-7 run to take a 37-28 lead into the break.
Jeyquan Johnson (Harlem, N.Y.) led all players in the half with nine points and six rebounds, while Marqwon Wynn (Wilmington, Del.) added six points and four assists. Claude Payne led Southern Vermont with eight points while Mike Pierre and Kyle Depollar added seven points each.
The Mountaineers kept the pressure on in the second half, holding a 12 point lead with 11 minutes remaining, 49-37. The Badgers swung the momentum and chipped away to pull within three with a Wynn layup with three minutes left in the game. Southern Vermont answered back with a Pierre layup to make the score 61-54. The Mountaineers hit five free throws down the stretch and held off the Badgers to take the 66-57 victory.
Wynn scored nine points to lead Johnson in the half, with Johnson adding seven more. Pierre carried the load for Southern Vermont in the second with 12 points and three steals.
Points: Johnson – 16
Rebounds: Slade – 12
Assists: Wynn – 7
SOUTHERN VERMONT LEADERS
Points: Pierre – 19
Rebounds: Hodo – 10
Assists: Pierre – 2
Field Goal %: Southern Vermont 37.7% | Johnson 46.0%
Rebounds: Southern Vermont 29| Johnson 38
Assists: Southern Vermont 4 | Johnson 9
Turnovers: Southern Vermont 11 | Johnson 21
Points off Turnovers: Southern Vermont 17 | Johnson 13
Bench Points: Southern Vermont 20 | Johnson 10
The Badgers host Middlebury on Tuesday, November 21st at 7:30 p.m.