The Paul Smith's College men's basketball team traveled to New England this weekend and came away with two losses, dropping an 85-73 matchup on Saturday against Vermont Tech and falling 96-66 on Sunday against New Hampshire Technical Institute.
Against Vermont Tech, the Bobcats used strong interior defense to build an eight-point lead in the first half. Vermont Tech then went on a 9-1 run to end the first half and was able to hold off Paul Smith's in the second.
"In the second half, we struggled defensively to get stops, whether in zone or man-to-man," Paul Smith's coach Joe Akey said. "It was frustrating, each time we would hit a shot to cut into the lead - which was a 10-point game most of the second half - they would hit a shot the next possession."
The Bobcats have lost nine games in a row and hold a 2-11 overall record.
"Most of the games this semester have been close games in the second half, but we have been unable to close the gap and take a lead when we had the opportunity," Akey said.
Adam Klock led the Bobcats against Vermont Tech with 29 points and nine rebounds. Devon Carr filled the scoresheet with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals, while teammate Alex Median collected nine rebounds and eight assists.
Alex Tyrell had 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Josh Lindsey had 22 points and nine rebounds.
Paul Smith's returns to action Jan. 10 at home against Northern Maine Community College. The Bobcats then have four home games before making the short trip to Saranac Lake to take on North Country Community College on Jan. 24.
North Country 78, Cayuga 63
AUBURN - The North Country Community College men's basketball team surged in the second half on the way to a 78-63 victory over Cayuga on Sunday.
The Saints finished the semester with a 10-4 overall record after splitting this weekend's road games. They lost a 60-58 nailbiter Saturday against SUNY Delhi.
Steve Carder led North Country on Sunday with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Jared Heden added 14 points and Steven Poulter had 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Saints resume play Jan. 10 on the road against Elmira. They remain on the road for two more games that weekend, before returning for a six-game homestand starting Jan. 16 against Hudson Valley.