The Fighting Saints opened Monday night's game in Poultney with a convincing 10-2 run but were unable to sustain their lead, falling 55-97 to Green Mountain College on Nov. 20.
Jared Brown got the scoring going for CSJ, first collecting a defensive rebound and then cruising coast-to-coast for a layup in the opening minute. On the Fighting Saints' next possession, he distributed an assist on a Tyreke Woodard 3-pointer to give CSJ a 5-0 lead.
Seconds later, GMC's Sean Leflore cut the deficit to three with a layup. On the other end of the court, Chris Conway earned a pair of free throws after being fouled on a strong take to the basket. He converted one of two foul shots to give the Saints a 6-2 lead.
Charles Isaac got onto the scoresheet after Conway, mimicking Brown's opening play for a layup of his own and th 8-2 lead. Two misses on consecutive possessions for the Eagles resulted in CSJ expanding their lead further with another Isaac layup.
The Saints committed a foul on the next possession, sending GMC's DeShaun Carr to the foul line. Carr sank his two free throws to make the game 10-4. Alex Sanchez made it 10-6 about a minute later after rebounding his own miss in CSJ's defensive end. Carr then brought the game within one point after converting a 3-pointer, but Trent Torain was quick to take a three of his own and extend the Saints' lead 13-9.
GMC's Matt Hess dunked in response and the game was 13-11 when CSJ Head Coach Zo Howlett called for a timeout with 14 minutes to go in the half. Isaac make two free throws after the break for a 15-11 Fighting Saints lead.
With 12 minutes remaining, Eagle Diante Warner converted two foul shots at the charity stripe to make the game 15-13. Over the next minute, Mickalous Snowden registered three points, neutralizing a Tyrone Tonkin 3-pointer for the Eagles.
Sanchez tied the score at 18 when he scored a layup off a Tonkin assist. He was fouled in the act of shooting and made the and-one foul shot to give GMC their first lead of the game, 18-19, with 10 minutes to play in the half.
Torain made two free throws to momentarily regain CSJ's lead, 20-19, but the Eagles went on a 11-0 run over the next five minutes and never turned back. They ran to a 20-point halftime lead, 27-47. Duane Goodman, Jr. notched nine points in the final four minutes of the half to aid the Eagles' effort.
Goodman, Jr. finished the contest as the game-leader in scoring with 21 points, and Hess notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Carr scored 13 points and Leflore had 11 for Green Mountain.
Shooting did not come easy for the Fighting Saints in the latter half of the contest, as they shot 26% from the field and 20% from beyond the arc. Jonathan Brioso had the most luck in the final frame for CSJ, shooting 5-for-8 for a team-leading 12 points. He also pulled down eight of his nine total rebounds in the second half of play.
Brioso's stat line, which also included two steals, made him the statistical leader for the Fighting Saints. Isaac and Woodard each had nine points and four rebounds.
GMC improves to a .500 record, 2-2, and CSJ drops to 0-3. The Fighting Saints play next at Fisher College on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.