WATERVILLE, Maine – The Lyndon men's basketball team rebounded from its first loss in four games to record 76-58 win over Thomas in North Atlantic Conference men's basketball action Saturday.
With the victory, the Hornets up their overall record to 8-12 and 7-7 in conference while the Terriers fall to 9-12 and 7-7, respectively. Lyndon is now tied with Thomas for fifth place in the NAC. Only six of 10 teams will qualify for playoffs at season's end.
The Terriers struck first in the game, when Mike Akanji hit a three-pointer, but then would not find the bottom of the net again for nearly 10 minutes, as Lyndon went on an 18-0 run. Thomas closed the gap before the half, however they still trailed 36-26 going into the locker rooms.
For Lyndon, Robert Alers (Central Falls, R.I.) had 10 first-half points and George Carle (Central Falls, R.I.) had nine points and nine rebounds at the break. Levi Barnes had eight first half points for the Red and Black, while Adam Carlsen chipped in six points of his own. Ian King pulled in four rebounds in the first half for the Terriers.
Thomas attempted multiple comebacks in the second half, however each run was answered by the Hornets.
Rontrez Purcell (Washington, D.C.) scored a game-high 17 points for Lyndon to go along with four rebounds, one assist, two blocked and two steals. Alers finished with 16 points, two steals and four assists while Carle closed the game with 13 points, two assists and 14 rebounds.
Barnes and Akanji each finished the game with 10 points, and King, Owen Brown, and DayShawn Roberts each pulled in four rebounds for the Terriers. Adam Carlsen and Eric Westbrooks each scored 13 points for the Terriers in the loss.
Lyndon will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to Middlebury, Vt. to face Middlebury College in a game that was rescheduled from Feb. 27. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.