MCLA Men's, Women's Basketball Fall on Road

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JOHNSON, Vt. -- Damon Denteh scored 19 points to lead the Lyndon State men's basketball team to a 95-88 win over MCLA on Saturday afternoon.
Ki-Shawn Monroe scored 18 to lead the Trailblazers (0-2), who got eight rebounds off the bench from Marius Turner.
MCLA travels to Western New England on Friday.
Women's Basketball
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Emily Jacques scored 16 to lead four players in double figures as Springfield beat MCLA, 74-37, in the season-opener for both teams.
Kylah Langston scored 14, and Hayley Jones pulled down seven rebounds to lead MCLA.
The Trailblazers host SUNY Cobleskill on Wednesday.
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