MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Lyndon State College men's basketball team rounded out its non-conference schedule with a 100-90 loss to #22 Middlebury College Tuesday night in Pepin Gym.
The Hornets (6-10, 5-5 NAC) had five players score in double figures, led by Raymond Monroe (Cranston, R.I.) who made his first eight shots to finish with 22 points. Josiah Woodruff (Washington, D.C.) followed with 20 points and six rebounds while Xavier Colbert (Manassas, Va.) added 18. Charles Correa, Jr. (Prospect Heights, R.I.) and Eric Vargas (Lowell, Mass.) chipped in 14 and 10, respectively.
Jake Brown scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Panthers (14-3, 3-2 NESCAC) and dished out seven assists. Matt St. Amour recorded 19 points, eight rebounds, and five assists while Matt Folger added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Middlebury moved out to a 14-6 lead in the game's first 2:59 behind seven points from Matt St. Amour. Lyndon responded with a 14-4 run behind a pair of threes from Eric Vargas to go up 20-18 at the 12:09 mark. Trailing 23-21, the Panthers had an answer, scoring the game's next eight points for a 29-23 advantage with 9:47 remaining in the first half. The game went back and forth, with Middlebury closing the first 20 minutes with a 6-0 spurt to take a 49-43 lead into the break.
The Panthers went up nine (56-47) on a bucket from St. Amour at the 17:38 mark of the second half. Lyndon hung tough, with a three from Woodruff cutting the lead to 59-55 with 15:14 remaining. Middlebury extended its lead to 10 points (68-58) before a 14-2 run by the Hornets tied the game at 72-72 at the 9:13 mark on a three from Monroe.
Middlebury had an answer, going on a decisive 10-0 run that saw points from five different players, putting them up 82-72 with 6:44 left to play. A three from Woodruff cut the lead to seven on Lyndon's next possession, but that's as close as the Hornets would get, as the Panthers went on to pick up the win.
Both teams shot well as Lyndon knocked down 51.5 percent of its shots from the field compared to 50.7 from Middlebury. Lyndon hit a season-high 17 threes, shooting 54.8 percent. Middlebury controlled the boards with a 40-26 advantage.
The Hornets visit UMaine-Farmington on Friday for a 5:30 p.m. tip.
The Panthers host Hamilton at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.