LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College men's basketball team picked up their first North Atlantic Conference win of the season Thursday, topping Green Mountain College 86-73.
The Hornets had five players score in double figures, led by 20 points from Charles Correa Jr. (Prospect Heights, R.I.). Darnay Gray (Mashantucket, R.I.) provided 16 points on 8-for-11 shooting and a game-high nine rebounds. Xavier Colbert (Manassas, Va.) added 14 points and eight rebounds while Eric Vargas (Lowell, Mass.) and Raymond Monroe (Cranston, R.I.) chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Patrick Rittmon (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the Eagles with 19 points, including four from behind the arc. Kenneth Parker (Carmichael, Calif.) finished with 14 points and six rebounds while DeNaugio Scarlett (Henderson, Nev.) added 10 points and six rebounds.
After scoring the first five points of the game, Lyndon worked to slowly build a lead. The hosts were able to stretch out a 22-13 lead nine minutes into the game after a layup from Gray. Green Mountain held Lyndon within reach for the rest of the half thanks to 12 points from Rittmon. Shooting 49 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, Lyndon went into the break with a 42-34 advantage.
The momentum continued into the second half for the Hornets as they pushed the score out to 56-42 with 15:39 to play after back-to-back threes from Correa Jr. and Vargas. However, the Hornet offense quickly went stagnant and the Eagles went on a 15-1 run to knot the score 57-57 with 10:22 left in the game.
After a timeout from Lyndon, the teams traded baskets a couple times before Lyndon switched up its defense, fueling a 9-1 run and forcing a Green Mountain timeout with 6:06 on the clock.
The Hornets proceeded to outscore the Eagles 16-11 over the final six minutes to take the game 86-73.
Lyndon won the battle of the boards 43-31 while also shooting 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from downtown. Green Mountain finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field but only 26 percent from long range.
The Hornets (2-4, 1-1 NAC) travel to Castleton Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. tip.
The Eagles (3-4, 1-3 NAC) host Johnson State on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.