HENNIKER, N.H. – The Lyndon men's basketball would close out their regular season Saturday dropping an 84-59 decision to New England College in the North Atlantic Conference finale for both squads.
With the win the Pilgrims improve to 14-11 overall and 11-7 in NAC play. The loss drops the Hornets to 10-15 overall and 9-9 in the NAC.
NEC would shoot 69% from three-point range in the opening half of play building a 22-5 lead midway through the period. The Hornets would cut the lead to 24-10 trailing 14 but the Pilgrims would continue their hot shooting grabbing their largest lead of the half up 43-12 with 3:16 on the clock. Lyndon would close out the half on a 10-4 run as the NEC would head into the intermission up 52-26.
The Pilgrims finished the game shooting 51% from the field and 53% from three point range. Lyndon would close out the second half out scoring NEC 33-32 but it would not be enough to overcome the opening half deficit eventually falling by a final of 84-59.
Leading the way for NEC was
Robin Wilson who finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field. NEC's Dezron Wilson recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, while senior Jonathan Byrnes chopped in 15 points. NEC senior Joel DeMadet led all rebounders pulling down nine rebounds to go with 12 points.
Lyndon was led by David Johnson (Washington, D.C.) who finished with 15 points. Avery King (Pawtucket, R.I.) was the only other Hornet in double-figures finishing with 12 points, while Rontrez Purcell (Washington, D.C.) finished with a team-high nine rebounds to go along with nine points.
The two teams now await their playoff seeding which will be released upon completion of the conference schedule. NAC Quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the higher seed.