MEMPHIS, TN – Vassar men’s basketball fell in their second and final game of the Rhodes College Tip Off Tournament on Sunday to LeTourneau, 79-64.
The team’s slow start in the first half doomed their chances of a win, when they found themselves down by 22 at the break. Vassar had a strong second half, outscoring the Yellow Jackets by seven over the final 20 minutes.
Owen Murray led the team in scoring with 15 points while Josh Brownridge cleaned up on the boards with 10 and added eight points on the day as well.
LeTourneau came out firing from long range in the first half, knocking down seven of their 17 tries in the opening half. That fueled their 23-2 scoring run in the opening five minutes. Vassar hit just one of their first nine shots of the game before Brownridge connected on a layup.
The Brewers chiseled away at the lead going on a quick 9-2 scoring run with buckets from Jesse Browne, Murray, and Alex Seff. But LeTourneau grabbed back the momentum and added to their lead in the remaining minutes to head into the locker room leading 47-25.
Vassar shot the ball well in the second at 54.5% and 81.3% from the free throw line, knocking down 13 shots at the charity stripe.
LeTourneau continued to add to their lead, outscoring the Brewers 15-8 in the seven minutes of the half. That’s when things turned around for Vassar, in the final 13 minutes of the game VC outscored the opposition 31-17. And although outscoring the LeTourneau 39-32 in the second half, their first half hole was too deep.
The Brewers finished the game with a 43.4% shooting clip on 23-53 from the field. Their three-point percentage hampered them for the second day in a row, connecting on just three of their 10 long range tries.