NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Lyndon State College men's basketball team began North Atlantic Conference play Saturday afternoon at Colby-Sawyer College, losing in the final seconds 81-79.
Charles Correa, Jr. (Prospect Heights, R.I.) knocked down seven threes to pace the Hornets with 23 points. Xavier Colbert (Manassas, Va.) added 19 points and eight rebounds while Raymond Monroe (Cranston, R.I.) chipped in 17 points and six rebounds.
Milani Hicks and Jourdain Bell led the Chargers with 16 points apiece. Nate Cook added 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
With just 30 seconds left in the game, Colbert scored on a layup to tie the score at 79-79. After calling a timeout, the Chargers held the ball for the final shot. Bell waited for the time to reach single digits driving to his right and making his move in toward the basket. He made his way to the right side of the lane and tossed in the shot off the glass with three seconds on the clock. With no timeouts left the Hornets inbounded the ball and tried to get off a guarded shot from half court but the shot was blocked.
Colby-Sawyer scored the game's first seven points, but Lyndon used a 15-1 run to take a 15-8 lead after a three from Raymond Monroe. The Chargers knotted the game at 21-21 midway through the half when Patrick Coffey connected on a trey.
Colbert scored four points to spark a 10-2 run over the next four minutes to push the visitors in front 31-23 with 6:12 remaining in the frame. Colby-Sawyer brought the deficit within a bucket late in the stanza after a Jourdain Bell three-pointer, but Lyndon took a 41-37 lead into the break.
Lyndon shot 50% from beyond the arc in the first, while Colby-Sawyer won the battle of the boards 25-17.
The Chargers came out of the locker room with more pace and defensive intensity. After a three-pointer from Monroe opened the half to put Lyndon in front 44-37, Colby-Sawyer exploded for a 23-2 run to take a 60-46 lead with less than 13 minutes to play. The Hornets chipped away, eventually erasing the deficit to tie the game with 30 seconds left.
Each team made 26 buckets, but Lyndon made half of those from beyond the arc. Colby-Sawyer was able to make up the difference by hitting 24 free throws in the game.
Lyndon (1-4, 0-1 NAC) hosts Green Mountain on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Colby-Sawyer (3-3, 1-1 NAC) host Husson Friday.