JOHNSON, Vt. – In-state rival Johnson State College was no match for the Lyndon State College men's basketball team Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference action as the Hornets overwhelmed the Badgers 89-66 in Carter Gym. Charles Correa, Jr. (Prospect Heights, R.I.) put up 25 points in the second half while the Hornet defense held the Badgers to just 30 points in the final 20 minutes.
Correa finished with 28 points, seven rebounds, and eight steals for Lyndon (6-9, 5-5 NAC). Raymond Monroe (Cranston, R.I.) provided 13 first-half points, finishing with 16. Eric Vargas (Lowell, Mass.) and Josiah Woodruff (Washington, D.C.) added 13 points apiece with Vargas recording four rebounds and five assists, and Woodruff grabbing five boards and dishing four assists. Xavier Colbert (Manassas, Va.) was the fifth Hornet in double figures with 11 points.
Marqwon Wynn (Wilmington, Del.) led Johnson (7-10, 4-6 NAC) with 19 points. Demetrius Slade (Washington, D.C.) contributed nine points and four assists while Jeyquan Johnson (Harlem, N.Y.) had eight points and five rebounds for the Badgers.
The two teams battled back-and-forth early in the first half until the Badgers were able to go on a 13-0 run to take a 21-13 lead with under 10 minutes to go in the period. Lyndon would pull the score to 24-21 after five straight points from Monroe, but the Badgers went on a 10-3 run to push the lead back to double-digits. The Hornets finished the half with a 13-2 run, capped off by a trey from Monroe to take a 37-36 lead at the half.
Correa scored 16 points in the first 4:17 of the second half to help Lyndon grab a 53-45 lead. Lyndon continued to build on that lead throughout the second half as their full-court pressure helped create 11 turnovers for Johnson in the half. Two made free throws by Correa at 1:18 stretched Lyndon's lead to its largest of the day at 89-60. Johnson scored six straight to finish out the game and bring the final score to 89-66.
The Hornets head over to Middlebury College Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. for a non-conference game.
Johnson will travel to Thomas College on January 27th for a NAC contest, slated to start at 5:30 p.m.