POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain College shot under 30 percent from the floor and allowed 27 points off turnovers as the men's basketball team was handed an 80-50 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) loss by Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday afternoon at the Eagle Dome.
Colby-Sawyer (3-2, 1-0 NAC) playing in its NAC conference opener, led from wire to wire in the game. The Chargers received 18 points from Jourdain Bell who was 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Patrick Coffey tacked on 14 points while Austin Boudreau notched 12 to lead the reserves. Dana Bean and Nate Trevino each collected 10 rebounds with Bean adding eight points and three blocks.
Green Mountain's (3-3, 1-1 NAC) Alex Sanchez (San Fernando Valley, Calif.) scored a season-high 19 points to lead all scorers. Duane Goodman, Jr. (Charlotte, N.C.) had six points and seven boards while Matt Hess (Rising Sun, Md.) led the team in rebounding with nine.
After GMC's Sanchez hit a three-pointer at the 17:10 mark of the opening half, the Chargers proceeded to go on a 17-6 run over the next seven minutes including eight points from Coffey to take a commanding 23-11 lead. The Eagles were unable to put any type of run together of their own and saw the Chargers continue to gradually pull away finishing the half with a 39-22 lead.
The Eagles shot the ball better early in the second half with Sanchez striking for five straight points to close the deficit to 16 at the 14:33 mark, but that was as close as the hosts would get as they could not create enough stops on defense to generate any momentum. The Chargers' offense began to hit on its outside shots late in the game to definitively put the game out of reach with Bell knocking down three of his four triples in a span of a minute and a half.
The Chargers bested the Eagles on the boards by a 51-40 margin and benefitted by its 19 second chance points to just six for the Eagles. The visitors were buoyed by their bench scoring which almost accounted for half of its output.
The Eagles will be on the road in their next contest as they trek to New England College on Tuesday to battle the Pilgrims for a 7:30 p.m. tip. Colby-Sawyer will also be in action on Tuesday at 7:30 as it hosts Castleton.