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Hornets upset first-place Chargers

Hornets upset first-place Chargers

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. - The feeling of an upset was in the air on Thursday evening in Stannard Gymnasium as Lyndon took on Colby-Sawyer in a marquee North Atlantic Conference men's basketball matchup.

Playing in his final home contest as a Hornet, senior forward George Carle (Central Falls, R.I.) led his team with 21 points, sealing a key 79-71 victory over the first-place Chargers.

"I'm very proud of George," said Lyndon Head Coach Chris Dorsey. "He's had some ups and downs this season, but there's no better way to go out as a senior with that performance. He's a big reason why we won this game."

Lyndon also honored seniors David Johnson (Washington, D.C.), who had 16 points, and Robert Alers (Central Falls, R.I.), who had eight points and four assists.

Koang Thok led the way for the Chargers with 21 points while Wol Majong added 19 and three steals. Peter Donato had 10 points in the loss.

Dorsey said his team's victory would not have come without the hard work and determination from his players.

"I'm proud of my guys for playing extremely hard," he said. "That's what we focused on in the game and we were relentless."

The Chargers shot 44.1 percent for the game, while Lyndon shot 54.7 percent. Lyndon was holding a 75-71 lead late in the second half while Colby-Sawyer had possession. Rontrez Purcell (Washington, D.C) was able to draw a charge on the play, giving Lyndon possession and eventually expanding their lead to six.

"We told Purcell that he hadn't taken a charge all year," said Dorsey. "That charge was a game changer, defense is our focus and he stepped up to the plate and helped us earn the win."

With the victory, the Hornets improve to 9-8 in the NAC and 10-14 overall, while the Chargers move to 14-3 in NAC action and 16-6 overall. Dorsey spoke about what his team needed to do to stay focused.

"We need to keep competing every day in practice and preparing for each game like we have," he said. "We want to be excellent defensively going into the playoffs."

Lyndon will finish up their schedule on Saturday at New England College; tip-off is scheduled for 1p.m.

By Matt Drew, Sports Information Assistant