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January 22nd, 2014

Brewers Defeat Rochester Institute of Technology

Junior Curtis Smith led all scorers in the opening period, tallying eight points, in Vassar’s win against RIT on Saturday January 18, 2014.
POUGHKEEPSIE – The Vassar College men’s basketball team put four players in double-figures and held visiting Rochester Institute of Technology to 31.3 percent shooting in earning a 71-55 Liberty League win over the Tigers in action from the Athletics and Fitness Center Saturday.

The contest started pretty slow for both squads, as RIT led 16-13 with 11:23 remaining in the first half. Vassar put together a 20-3 spurt over an 8:37 stretch, as the Brewers used five triples to take a 33-19 lead. Senior Andrew Adkins netted Vassar’s seventh and final three-pointer of the first half to send the Brewers into the break up 38-24.

Junior Curtis Smith led all scorers in the opening period, tallying eight points, while Otis Osman and Luka Ladan added six apiece for the Brewers.

The second half saw the host Brewers continue to build their lead, as Vassar took the game’s highest advantage of 25 after a triple from Osman. VC’s lead continued to hover around 20 points, as the Brewers cruised to their 10th victory of the season. The 10th win for Vassar marked the first time since the 2008-09 season that the Brewers have reached the double-digit win plateau, accomplishing the feat in just 13 games. Smith finished with a game-high 15 points, as he tied his season-best, also posting 15 at New Paltz back on November 21.

Osman came off the bench to register a career-best 13 points, making five of his eight field goals. Ladan had a solid contest of 10 points, seven boards and five assists, and Erikson Wasyl finished with 10 points. Junior Alex Snyder finished with a game-high nine rebounds, also chalking up six points.

Vassar shot the ball well all game, making half of the 56 shots it took from the field, including making 52.4 percent (11-21) of the shots from behind the three-point arc. VC held a 40-34 edge on the boards, and assisted on 20 of the 28 buckets scored.  The Brewers also added eight blocks as well, with three players rejecting a pair of shots.

JP Reagan was the only player in double figures for the Tigers, who made 20 of their 64 shot attempts Saturday. Mitch Herman made all three of his shots, all from behind the three-point line, to finish with nine points. Joe Stortini added eight points, four boards and four steals, and Kamron Davis had a team-leading eight rebounds. RIT made just four of its 21 three-pointers taken in the contest.

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