POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain College held visiting Johnson State College to just 33.8 percent from the field while shooting close to 50 percent itself en route to a 70-56 victory in North Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday evening at the Eagle Dome. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Eagles and makes it two out of two wins against the Badgers in their home and home series.
Johnson (7-11, 4-8 NAC) opened the game with a three-pointer from Demetrius Slade in the team's first possession.
Green Mountain (7-11, 5-8 NAC) followed that with a 14-3 run over a span of about seven minutes capped by a three by De Shaun Carr (Moreno Valley Calif.) to open up an early 14-6 lead.
A Robert Dubose, Jr. jumper at the 11:49 mark brought the Badgers to within 14-10, but the Eagles closed out the half holding the Badgers to 29.6 percent from the field and outscored them 16-9 to take a 30-19 lead into halftime.
The Eagles were the beneficiaries of some early foul calls in their favor and took advantage by feeding their big men in the paint who combined for 20 points down low to just six in the paint for the Badgers. Sean Leflore (Moreno Valley, Calif.) led the hosts with 10 points while Marqwon Wynn led the visitors with five.
The teams traded baskets for the first ten minutes of the second half with the score remaining an 11-point differential in favor of the Eagles. A pair of 6-0 runs sandwiched around two free throws from Johnson's Slade put the Eagles up by 21, their largest lead in the game, at the 5:27 mark.
After switching to a full court press in the later stages of the game, Johnson was able to create some turnovers and easy transition buckets, but had too much of a deficit to overcome and the Eagles cruised down the stretch to victory.
Green Mountain received a double-double from Leflore to lead the team as he registered 19 points and 11 rebounds to go with a pair of blocks. Matt Hess (Rising Sun, Md.) was the recipient of some entry nice passes into the paint and converted those into 13 points to go with his nine boards. Carr led the reserves with nine points while collecting four caroms.
Johnson's offense was led by Vernon Slater who tallied 14 points and Dubose, Jr. who recorded 13 points. Donell Shaw led the way with eight rebounds, all offensive, in addition to his seven points off the bench.
The Eagles outshot the Badgers 45.9 percent to 33.8 percent. The battle of the boards was won by the Eagles who secured 50 rebounds to just 33 for the Badgers. GMC doubled up the visitors in points in the paint 40-20.
The Eagles will remain at home for their next conference matchup when the team hosts Castleton in the first of their two season contests on Saturday at 3 p.m.