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Lyndon tops Farmington for first NAC win

Lyndon tops Farmington for first NAC win

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – After a few frustrating near-misses Lyndon broke into the win column in the North Atlantic Conference as it outlasted the University of Maine at Farmington 80-75 Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Hornets improve to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in NAC play while the Beavers fall to 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the league.

It felt good to see our guys play basketball the way they are capable of," said Lyndon Head Coach Chris Dorsey. "We had four players in double figures, shot the ball well and really picked up defensively."

The Beavers went on an early spurt and led 19-8 at the midpoint of the half, but the Hornets, behind the shooting of sophomore guard Avaughn Brown (Hartford, Conn.), made up the deficit and tied the game at 19-19 with 8:26 remaining in the half.

The lead see-sawed back and forth in the time remaining, but the beavers managed to open up a three-point lead by intermission despite Vaughn's five three-point field goals off the bench.

"Avaughn showed us what he is capable of doing every night," said Dorsey. "His shooting was the reason we were in the game. If tonight can carry him and us over the hump, we'll be competitive throughout the rest of the season."

Farmington went on a 14-4 spurt to open the second half and led 51-38 with 15:35 on the clock prompting Dorsey to burn a time out. The Hornets came out of the huddle in a 1-2-2 full-court press that seemed to slow the Beavers down and get them back into the game.

"The press picked up our defensive intensity and that's what got us back into the game," said Dorsey. "Also the momentum we gained in the press carried over into the offensive side of things."

A pair of treys by Brown and Rob Alers (Central Falls, R.I.) and two free throws by George Carle (Central Falls, R.I.) slashed the deficit to 51-50 with left than 12 minutes to play. Alers would drill another three at 9:09 to knot the score at 53-53 and set the stage for a wild finish.

In the final five minutes of the contest, the Hornets would connect on 11 of 12 free throw attempts to seal the win.

Brown and David Johnson (Washington, D.C.) had 18 points each with Johnson collecting three rebounds, three assists and three steals as well. Aker had a game-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals while Carle added 15 points, five rebounds and a team-high seven assists.

Pet Sumner – who finished the contest a mere five points away from the 1,000-point plateau – had 20 points, three rebounds and three assists for the Beavers and Uriah Forest-Bulley added 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Nick Hilton amassed 12 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot and one steal in the contest and Logan Nichols chipped in 11 points and four assists. Eric Berry had 10 points off the bench for Farmington.

Lyndon will remain idle until Thursday when it hosts New England College at 7:30 p.m.

"This win will certainly boost our confidence," said Dorsey. "When we play this way, we are capable of playing with anyone in the conference. We realize the work we have ahead of us, but if we can play with the same confidence and intensity we did today, I think we can come out and get a win against New England."