POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain had a much needed break out game offensively in the team's season home opener against cross town rival College of St. Joseph. The Eagles nearly hit on half of their shots en route to a 97-55 win on Monday evening in a packed house at the Eagle Dome.
The offense arose from an early season slumber as 13 players scored two or more points in the collective effort. Also on display was the team's defense which held the visitors to under 25 percent from the field.
Despite the final score, the early momentum clearly was in the Fightings Saints' hands as the visitors opened the game with an impressive 10-2 run and looked energized by their hometown fans making the short journey over from neighboring Rutland.
Green Mountain (2-2) slowly chipped away at the early deficit and finally knotted the score at 16-16 on a Tyrone Tonkin (Melbourne, Australia) three.
CSJ continued to battle and the teams traded the lead several times over the next few minutes and Trent Torrain's pair of free throws gave the Fighting Saints a slim 20-19 lead at the 10:17 mark of the first half.
A layup by De Shaun Carr (Moreno Valley, Calif.) at the 5:59 mark concluded an 11-0 run for the Eagles and the hosts never looked back from there as the team closed out the first half with a 17-7 run to take a 47-27 lead into the break.
Duane Goodman, Jr. (Charlotte, N.C.) and Carr both led the way in the opening stanza with 11 points. Charles Isaac notched seven points for the Fighting Saints.
The Eagles immediately continued their momentum from the first half into the early part of the second frame with a 12-0 run in the first four minutes of action as Goodman, Jr. and Sean Leflore (Moreno Valley, Calif.) each scored four points in the run to give the Eagles a commanding 57-27 lead.
The Eagles continued to grow their lead as shots would just not fall for the visitors in the second half. Green Mountain subbed liberally in the final stages and closed out the game with a 7-0 run.
Goodman Jr. was the game's top scorer with his 21 points. Matt Hess (Rising Sun, Md.) powered his way to his first double-double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Carr scored 13 points, while Leflore had 11 to close out the double-digit scoring for the Eagles. Taylor Gaffney (Wantagh, N.Y.) made his collegiate debut and scored his first collegiate points as well.
Jonathan Brioso led the offense for the visitors with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and was one rebound shy of a double-double. Isaac and Tyreke Woodard each scored nine and had four boards.
Both benches contributed greatly in the contest with each scoring 30 points in aid of the starters. CSJ upended the Eagles in second chance points by an 18-6 margin, however, Green Mountain took it to the visitors in the paint outscoring them 42-16.
Green Mountain will use some extra time to get fresh over Thanksgiving and then return to begin conference play with a road game at Lyndon St. on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m.