Eagles Nipped by Panthers

Eagles Nipped by Panthers

ALBANY, N.Y. - Green Mountain College did enough of the small things right to put itself in a position for a win but ultimately could not hold back Albany College of Pharmacy's offense in the Eagles' 70-66 non-conference loss on Wednesday evening at Albert M. White Gymnasium.

Green Mountain (7-16) won the battle on the boards, got easy looks in transition, received a healthy contribution from its bench, and limited its turnovers (8) while forcing ACPHS into 17 of its own. However, the Eagles allowed the Panthers to shoot close to 50 percent from the floor while only converting on its own attempts at a 38.6 percent clip.

The teams battled back and forth through the early part of the opening half. With just over five minutes having elapsed, GMC's Tyrell Johnson (Bronx, N.Y.) hit a jump shot to bring the Eagles to within one at 9-8.

Green Mountain proceeded to go through a dry spell offensively over the following six minutes and quickly found themselves staring at a 12-point deficit at 26-14.

Undeterred, the Eagles gradually chipped away at the lead through to the end of the first half and cut the lead to just 33-30 as De Shaun Carr (Moreno Valley, Calif.) grabbed a rebound and went coast to coast for a layup. ACPHS would hit a free throw before the half ended to give themselves a four-point cushion heading into the break at 34-30.

A pair of three-pointers by Carr and Diante Warner (Albany, N.Y.) sandwiched around a layup by Johnson quickly pushed the Eagles into the lead at 38-34 with less than two minutes having elapsed in the second half.

The Panthers reeled off nine-straight points to retake the lead, 43-38, with 15:05 remaining in the second half.

Alex Sanchez (San Fernando Valley, Calif.) hit a triple for the Eagles followed by a made jumper by Sean Leflore (Moreno Valley, Calif.) to knot the game at 47-47 with 11:40 to play.

The Panthers quickly restored their lead thanks to back-to-back three-pointers and with 3:01 to go in the game had grown that lead to 64-53.

With 44 clicks remaining on the clock, Warner hit his third trey of the game to bring the Eagles to within 67-63, but GMC could not hit on any of its subsequent looks from beyond the arc as the Panthers held onto the four-point lead in the victory.

Warner, playing in front of his hometown crowd, scored a season-high 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Leflore was the only other Eagle to reach double figures with 14 points in addition to his eight rebounds, three assists, and five steals. Carr contributed nine points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals.

Green Mountain will finish out its regular season schedule with a NAC matchup against Castleton on Saturday at 3 p.m.