LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College men's basketball team continued North Atlantic Conference play Friday night in Stannard Gymnasium, losing to Thomas College 71-63.
The Hornets (2-7, 1-4 NAC) were led by Raymond Monroe (Cranston, R.I.) who scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. Josiah Woodruff (Washington, D.C.) added 12 points, three rebounds, and three steals while Charles Correa, Jr. (Prospect Heights, R.I.) chipped in 10 points, two assists, and two steals.
Carlos Gonzalez (Kennebunk, Maine) registered a double-double of 18 points and 20 rebounds for the Terriers (6-6, 4-1 NAC). Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) led all scorers with 23 points while adding five rebounds and three assists.
A slow start for Lyndon put them down early as Thomas capitalized on defensive mistakes. After seven straight points, Thomas had stretched the lead to 24-12, their biggest of the game, with 8:42 in the first half. Neither team would make a substantial run for the rest of the period but Lyndon was able to close the gap to seven points at 36-29 at the break.
The Hornets came alive at the beginning of the second half, going on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 38-38 in less than three minutes. A quick burst put the Terriers back up five but the Hornets evened up the score again at 48-48 with 11:02 to play.
As both teams continued to grind it out in the second half, Monroe gave the Hornets their first lead since 19:19 in the first half after being fouled on a made layup. Monroe knocked down the ensuing free throw for the 58-57 advantage. However, the Hornets went scoreless over the next 4:25 as the Terriers racked up nine straight points for a 66-58 lead.
A three point play by Xavier Colbert (Manassas, Va.) brought the Hornets within four points with 1:23 left but a three pointer from Simon put the Terriers out of reach as the game finished at 71-63.
Lyndon is right back on the court Saturday at 1:00 p.m. as they host University of Maine at Farmington.
Thomas will travel to Johnson State College for a 1:00 p.m. start as well on Saturday.