Springfield, Mass. - November 22, 2011 -- Jordan Rote scored the first basket of the game, a 3-pointer, and kept right on firing, scoring a career-high 22 points, in leading the Springfield College men's basketball team to a 92-67 victory over Lyndon State this evening at SC's Blake Arena.
Springfield continues its strong start to the 2011-2012 campaign as it improves to 4-0, matching its best start since the 1999-2000 season. The Hornets fall to 0-3 with the loss.
Springfield is now averaging 94.2 points per game in four games, and has five different people averaging in double figures, led by Alex Berthiaume's 18.5 points per game. In those four games, four different players have led SC in scoring.
Rote wasted little time getting going as he scored five quick points leading the Pride to an early 7-0 lead just 1:12 into the contest. The Hornets would respond the next time down the court with a triple from sophomore guard Richie Hackett to get within four, the closest it would be in the opening half. From there, Springfield opened up a 9-2 run, capped off by a Ryan Coburn bucket inside to take a 16-5 advantage. The Pride continued to pour on the pressure and went up by 22 on three occasions, the last coming on a trifecta by Josh Altman (Rockport, Mass.) with six seconds left in the half.
The Pride headed into the locker room with a 51-29 lead, much in part to shooting 54.1% (20-37) from the floor.
For Springfield College, four players scored in double figures, led by Rote, a senior guard from Sheffield, Mass. with 22 on 9-for-17 from the floor. He also added two assists and four steals in 27 minutes. In addition, junior guard Alex Berthiaume (Springfield, Mass.) added 15 points, five assists, one block, and one steal in 27 minutes.
Sophomore forward Robbie Burke (Cheshire, Mass.) had a good game off the bench with 14 points, followed by junior forward Pat Rossi (Rock Tavern, N.Y.) with 10 points in just nine minutes. Coburn, a 6-8 senior center from West Warwick, R.I., had eight points with a game-high 14 rebounds. He also had three assists, two steals, and four blocks.
Springfield was never in any trouble in the second half. The Pride's largest lead was by 30 points with 3:44 to go on a free throw by junior guard Matt Pascuzzo (Wallingford, Conn.).
The game-high scorer was junior forward Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) with 29 points for the Hornets. Also scoring in double-figures for Lyndon State was freshman forward Asa Smith (Cheltenham, Md.) with 12 points.
Springfield out-rebounded Lyndon State, 50-35.
Springfield will now take a break for Thanksgiving before returning to the hardwood on Tuesday, November 29 when it hosts Keene State at 7:00 pm.
Photo by Cindi Williamson of Fat Dog Fotos