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Final Buzzer At Green Mountain College's Eagle Dome

Green Mountain College men's basketball team playing at the Eagle Dome court.
Ric Cengeri
The Green Mountain College men's basketball team played its final home game at the Eagle Dome on Saturday, Feb. 2, against Bryant-Stratton College-Buffalo.

The last home game in school history for Green Mountain College men’s basketball team was Saturday, Feb. 2, when the Eagles defeated Bryant-Stratton College-Buffalo, 81-53. The win brought Green Mountain’s record to 16-6 this year.

VPR’s Ric Cengeri attended the game and shared his observations on Mitch's Sports Report.

Credit Ric Cengeri / VPR
As the final buzzer sounded, the Green Mountain College Eagles were victorious.

Green Mountain College plays its home games at the Waldron Athletic Center, more affectionately known as the Eagle Dome.

It's wooden-arched roof reminds visitors of UVM's Gutterson Field House and creates a cacophonous venue even when there are only 100 fans in attendance, as was the case for the final game.

GMC alum Mike MacDougall was a shooting guard for the Eagle teams in the late 1990s that won three Mayflower Conference titles in his four years on the team. He attended Saturday's game with his son, Mason, and described his feelings about the program's final home game.

"It is bittersweet, and we'll kind of feel a little bit of a heavy heart today as we watch the final game at the Eagle Dome," said MacDougall as the game was about to begin.

Also in attendance was Crispin White. After graduating from Castleton State (now Castleton University), White was the assistant men's basketball coach at GMC in the late '80s and now is the director of student success at the College of St. Joseph in West Rutland.

White says he has loyalty to all three schools despite being long-time athletic rivals. On the closing of Green Mountain College, White said "it's definitely sad, but definitely from my standpoint, I’m just proud of what’s been accomplished here athletically and academically."

The exterior of the Waldron Athletic Center, commonly called the Eagle Dome, at Green Mountain College.
Credit Ric Cengeri / VPR
Green Mountain College has played its home basketball games at the Waldron Athletic Center, commonly called the Eagle Dome.

After the victory on Saturday, Green Mountain sophomore guard Tyrell Johnson talked about the closeness of this year's team.

"We have good energy all around," Johnson said. "I think it’s just a group of guys who mesh well together and we kind of just love playing with each other. And knowing that it’s our last few games together, we’re just trying to enjoy every moment we have."

The men's team has five road contests remaining, including Thursday, Feb. 7, at the College of St. Joseph and Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center.

The Green Mountain College women's team plays its final home game at the Eagle Dome on Tuesday, Feb. 12, versus Davis College.

Ric was a producer for Vermont Edition and host of the VPR Cafe.
A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
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