LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – Lyndon ran its North Atlantic Conference winning streak to three games Saturday with a 77-62 victory over arch-rival Johnson State.
With the win, Lyndon improves to 6-1 overall and 5-6 in the NAVC while Johnson drops 2-16 and 5-9, respectively.
"We're playing more of an all-around game now," said Hornet Head Coach Chris Dorsey. "We do a much better job of sharing the ball and that has led to having multiple players score in double figures."
With the score tie at 6-6 early in the contest, Lyndon – on a pair of David Johnson (Washington, D.C.) three-pointers – went on a 14-0 run to open it first double-digit lead. The Badgers managed to get back within striking distance, thanks to Rob Hazard's 11 points off the bench, narrowed the deficit seven by halftime.
In the second half, Johnson poured in 14 points and Avery King (Pawtucket, R.I.) added a dozen of his own to help Lyndon slowly pull away and seal the victory.
"Our defense has been much better over the past few games," said Dorsey. "We're communicating better and are able to shut down most opposing players one-on-one."
Johnson finished the contest with 32 points, two rebounds, two assists one blocked shot and five steals. King chipped in 16 points three rebounds and one assist while George Carle (Central Falls, R.I.) had 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals off the Hornet bench.
Asim Khan had 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists for the Badgers and Ron Adrian collected 13 points, three rebounds, one assist one block and one steal. Hazard had 11 points on the day and teammate Demetrius Slade had 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Lyndon puts it winning streak on the line Tuesday at Stannard Gymnasium when it faces Green Mountain College. On Jan. 15, the Eagles defeated the Hornets 88-79 behind Cameron Anderson's 24-point, 19-rebound effort.
"We need to continue to focus on playing together at both ends of the floor," said Dorsey. "We need all 16 of our guys to play well and apply the constant defensive pressure that has gotten us this far. Anderson's one of the best player in our league and we need to contain him."
Game time for Lyndon re-match with Green Mountain is 5:30 p.m.
By Bill Johnson
Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information Director