JOHNSON, Vt. – The Green Mountain College men's basketball team had five players score in double digits as the Eagles started the New Year off on the right foot by holding on late to defeat Johnson State College, 79-75, in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) contest on Saturday afternoon at Carter Gym.
The Eagles improved to 5-6 (3-3 NAC) while the Badgers dropped to 3-7 (1-4 NAC) on the season.
Green Mountain broke out to a 19-6 lead to start the game capped by a Duane Goodman, Jr. (Charlotte, N.C.) layup, but the Badgers chipped away through the final 16 minutes of the half to pull the Green Mountain lead down to 42-39 at the half.
De Shaun Carr's (Moreno Valley, Calif.) layup capped an 11-3 run to get the Eagles started in the first four minutes of the second half to improve their lead to 53-42. The teams traded baskets over the next nine minutes, with Green Mountain holding a 63-49 lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.
Johnson would go on a 21-8 run over the next five minutes, with an Alexander Vetere floater tying the game at 71 with two and a half minutes remaining. The Eagles answered right back with a Goodman Jr. three to regain the 74-71 lead. After a Marqwon Wynn layup made it 74-73, the Eagles put the game out of reach with a three-pointer and took the 79-75 win.
Alex Sanchez (San Fernando Valley, Calif.) posted the team's largest scoring output with 16 points, while Diante Warner (Albany, N.Y.), Jacob Plum (Temecula, Calif.), and Goodman, Jr. each tallied 12 points. Carr recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds while adding five assists. Matt Hess (Rising Sun, Md.) led the team in rebounding with 14 boards in addition to his eight points. Christian Przybyla (Clifton, N.J.) got his first career starting nod and replied with five points.
Statistically speaking, the Eagles owned the upper hand in most aspects of the game winning the battle on the boards 48-35, outshooting the Badgers 50.9 percent to 38.0 percent, and holding the edge on assists 12-9. However, the Badgers were able to maintain a striking distance by being opportunistic with their chances off of turnovers scoring 28 points off of 26 Eagles' turnovers.
Green Mountain will host Lyndon State College on January 13th at 3 p.m. in its next contest.