LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College men's basketball team stopped a three game skid Saturday afternoon with a 72-69 win over the University of Maine at Farmington in North Atlantic Conference action.
Raymond Monroe (Cranston, R.I.) led the charge with 23 points, four rebounds and three steals for the Hornets (3-7, 2-4 NAC). Charles Correa, Jr. (Prospect Heights, R.I.) recorded 15 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. Eric Vargas (Lowell, Mass.) added nine points, three assists, and four steals.
Amir Moss (Portland, Maine) had a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and three steals for the Beavers (3-9, 2-4 NAC). Riley Robinson (Dixfield, Maine) registered 22 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Vargas took the 6-5 lead for the Hornets on a layup 2:18 into the game and the Hornets built on that lead over a series of runs. Six straight points from Monroe stretched that lead out to 18 points, the largest of the game, with 7:57 to play in the first. The visitors were able to cut into the lead a little bit before the break as the half ended with the Hornets up 40-26. The Hornets shot 52 percent from the field while holding the Beavers to 33 percent in the half.
UMF used a 2-3 zone in the second half to slow the Lyndon offense as they slowly cut down the deficit and tied the game up 59-59 with 6:52 to play after two free throws from Robinson. After trading baskets, Lyndon scored four straight for the 65-61 lead. Moss answered with a three point play, then after two stops, Eric Berry (Weld, Maine) knocked down a three to give UMF their first lead since early in the first half at 69-67. The teams traded buckets again before Vargas found Josiah Woodruff (Washington, D.C.) for a three and the 70-69 lead.
Vargas made a steal on the following possession and was sent to the line with the one-and-one opportunity. Vargas missed the front end giving the Beavers another chance. However, Vargas picked up another steal and got the ball to Correa who was fouled. Correa then knocked down both free throws with just over one second remaining. The Hail Mary chance from UMF was picked off by Correa to seal the 72-69 victory.
Lyndon travels to Maine Maritime Academy on Friday, January 13 for a 5:30 p.m. tip.
UMF heads to Maine Maritime on Tuesday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m.