CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Despite a 28-point effort from Thomas Brown, turnovers plagued a banged up Green Mountain College men's basketball team in its 85-69 loss to Pine Manor in non-conference action on Thursday evening.
Green Mountain (8-8) quickly got behind the eight ball and found itself down 11-2 by the 16:27 mark of the first half after turning the ball over four times in its first seven possessions. The Eagles battled back with a 9-4 run to chip away at the deficit and get within 15-11 following a Brown jumper with 12:49 left in the half.
The Eagles' offense went cold from the floor over the next five minutes while Pine Manor (12-5) took advantage with a 11-0 spurt to take a 26-11 lead. The lead would grow to as many as 23 in the first half before the Eagles got a few late three-pointers from Darius Wynn and Patrick Rittmon to send the visitors into the break down 45-26.
GMC did not mail it in in the second half. Despite still being down by 20 points with 13 minutes remaining in the game, the Eagles used a 21-8 run to narrow the deficit to just seven points at 64-57 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.
Unfortunately, the visitors could not come all the way back and ultimately ran out of gas against the Gators in the final minutes.
Brown led all scorers with his 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting and added eight rebounds. Rittmon notched 11 points with three made attempts from behind the arc. Javier Lugris tied for the game-high in rebounds with 11 and added eight points. Kenneth Parker grabbed 10 boards and posted nine points, two steals and two blocks.
Taverick Roberson posted a team-high 21 points for the Gators while adding five steals. Rasheed Bell recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Gause led the reserves with 19 points and nine rebounds while Ellis Reid contributed across the board with six points, five rebounds and six blocks.
The Gators shot 34-of-72 (47.2%) from the field with the Eagles posting a 35.4 percent mark (23-of-65) from the floor. The Eagles earned the advantage on the boards with a 48-37 edge, but turned the ball over 27 times leading to 36 points off turnovers for the hosts. The Gators did a lot of their scoring in the paint with 52 points coming from down low compared to just 20 low post points for the Eagles.
Green Mountain will return home for its next contest against North Atlantic Conference rival Castleton on Saturday at 1 p.m.