LEICESTER, Mass. – Freshman forward Rashaun Liggon (Elizabeth, N.J.) and junior guard Tyler Roberson (Irvington, N.J.) each poured in 17 points to lead host Becker College to an 88-51 win over visiting Southern Vermont College in NECC men's basketball action on Tuesday night at the Leicester Gym. The Hawks of Becker are now 10-7 with a 6-2 record in conference play while the Mountaineers of Southern Vermont see their record drop to 0-17 and 0-9 against NECC opponents.
Liggon made six of seven shots and added seven rebounds with three steals, while Roberson nailed six of ten field goal attempts. Sophomore forward Yahmad Rountree (Waterbury, Conn.) was a force inside, with 12 points, a game-high 12 rebounds, four blocks and three steals.
Sophomore guard Lee Brockett (Waterbury, Conn.) chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds, as all five Becker starters cracked double-digits. Sophomore guard Donovin Ford-Hayes (Windsor Locks, Conn.) had nine points and six rebounds off the bench. As a team, the Hawks outrebounded the Mountaineers 50-29.
Senior guard Taeshon Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) led Southern Vermont with a game-high 20 points, shooting nine of 18 from the floor. Sophomore guard Travis Severs (Bennington, Vt.) added 17 points and two steals. Freshman guard Jacob Schongar (Lansingburgh, N.Y.) contributed six rebounds and three blocks.
Great defense and ball movement sparked Becker to a 30-5 start, holding Southern Vermont to a single field goal through the first 12:57 of the game. Roundtree controlled the game on the boards through the opening minutes, finishing the first period with nine rebounds, almost as many as Southern Vermont's entire team. The highlight of the first half came with 10:21 left when Roundtree blocked a shot at the top of the key, relentlessly tracked down the ball and then took it coast-to-coast for a rim-rattling dunk, thrilling the Hawk faithful. Moments later, Brockett stole the ball and fed Roundtree for another breakaway slam, and Becker's lead was never truly threatened. The show continued with 4:26 remaining in the period when Russell took the defensive rebound, dribbled up the court and found Liggon for an alley-oop jam. Liggon had another highlight just before the buzzer sounded with an above the rim put-back dunk. The Hawks went into halftime leading 48-21. Russell led Becker with 12 points in the opening half, while Severs had nine points for Southern Vermont.
After coming out of halftime sluggish, Becker went on an astonishing 22-0 run, including another fast break dunk from Roundtree with 14:32 left in the game. The Hawks' lead peaked at 47 and even a late 13-4 from the visitors could do little more than dent the margin of victory.
Up next for the Hawks of Becker, the team travels to Newbury College on Saturday to take on the Nighthawks in a 2:00 p.m. contest. For Becker, it will be an opportunity to avenge a 74-63 loss on January 8th, a defeat that saw the Hawks' 37 game conference winning streak snapped. The Mountaineers of Southern Vermont play host to the Eagles of Daniel Webster on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.