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Lyndon tops Johnson in OT

Lyndon tops Johnson in OT

JOHNSON, Vt. – Lyndon slugged its way to its second North Atlantic Conference victory of the season with a hard-fought 80-76 overtime victory over arch-rival Johnson State.

The Hornets improve to 3-8 overall and 2-4 in the conference while Badgers fall to 1-11 overall and 1-5 in the NAC.

"We played very well as a team overall," said Lyndon Head Coach Chris Dorsey. "We received even scoring throughout the lineup and shot the ball well. We were very consistent."

Lyndon saw three players with 16 points; George Carle (Central Falls, R.I.), who also had eight rebounds, Rontrez Purcell (Washington, D.C.) who pulled down six rebounds, and David Johnson (Washington, D.C.). Robert Alers (Central Falls, R.I.) tallied a double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in the Lyndon victory.

The Badgers were led by Ron Adrian who notched a game high 27 points and collected nine boards. Demetrius Slade earned a double-double shooting 70 percent with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Asim Khan gave the Badgers 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds and dished five assists in the Badgers' loss.

Lyndon opened the contest with a 22-10 run, but the Badgers were able to turn it around though when they went on a 12-0 spurt to tie the game up at 22 with 6:46 remaining in the half. Twenty seconds later, Johnson State found themselves leading 25-22 thanks to a 3-pointer from Wyatt Larose. A layup by Lyndon's Alers and a 3-pointer by Johnson put the Hornets back on top and sparked a 18-6 run closing out the half 40-31 in Lyndon's favor.

Jose Berroa (Lawrence, Mass.) put Lyndon on the board first in the 2nd half but was answered by a layup from Adrian. Just two minutes into the half, Khan would spark a 23-12 Badger run with a layup, followed by a three pointer from Adrian. With 3:49 left in regulation Johnson State found themselves tied with a made free throw from Slade. Lyndon answered with a made free throw to give the visitors a brief one point lead.

After a quick rally, the Badgers were on top by eight with 1:37 remaining in the contest. Avery King (Pawtucket, R.I.) made a layup for the Hornets followed by another layup from Purcell to cut the lead down to four. Adrian would hit a free throw to put the Badgers up by five with 1:11 left, but that would be the last bucket the Badgers saw. Lyndon's Alers hit a three and Johnson made a crucial layup to tie the game up at 69-69. Khan had a last second shot but it missed just left of the basket which put the game into overtime.

"We're still trying to build out chemistry but getting our new players involved," said Dorsey. "It's simply just a matter of sharing the ball and passing up good shots for great shots. Avery King did a good job off the bench for us offensively and Eric Vargas (Lowell, Mass.) was the defensive spark."

With 1:28 left in overtime, the game was tied up at 75-75. Lyndon's Johnson made a free throw, then a layup to put the Hornets up by three with 44 seconds left. Kahn would cut the lead down to just one with a made free throw, but that would be all for the Badgers as Lyndon pulled away to win the game 80-76.

Lyndon returns to the hardwood Monday when it travels to Providence, R.I. to face the Ivy League's Brown University in a non-conference matchup. Game time is 7 p.m. tip.

"We want to do things consistently against Brown," said Dorsey. "We want to continue to build chemistry, focus on defense and get better offensively and defensively."