WATERVILLE, Maine – The Lyndon State College notched a 72-65 North Atlantic Conference victory at Thomas College Saturday afternoon, splitting the season series.
Xavier Colbert (Manassas, Va.) paced the Hornets (7-11, 6-6 NAC) with 13 points and five rebounds. Darnay Gray (Mashantucket, Conn.) added 11 points in just 16 minutes off the bench while Charles Correa Jr. (Prospect Heights, R.I.) chipped in 10 points.
Carlos Gonzalez led the Terriers (9-10, 7-5 NAC) with a double-double of 24 points and ten rebounds. Tyheem Simon added 15 points, two boards, and three assists.
The Terriers jumped out to a big 15-2 lead in the first seven minutes behind back-to-back threes from Simon. Midway through the first half, the Hornets clawed their way back to a 25-20 deficit behind threes from Corey Frost (Hamden, Conn.), Charles Correa Jr., Josiah Woodruff (Washington, D.C.), and Eric Vargas (Lowell, Mass.).
Gonzalez knocked down two free throws before Colbert scored a three-point play and Frost knocked down another trey to close the gap to 27-26 with 3:59 left in the opening half. The Terriers tried to pull away again but a layup from Woodruff with four seconds on the clock sent them into the break with only a 35-34 advantage.
Both teams exchanged the lead early in the second until Frost buried another three-pointer for a 42-37 lead. That lead slowly grew and a pullup jumper from Raymond Monroe (Cranston, R.I.) gave the Hornets their biggest lead of the game at 52-42 with 9:19 on the clock.
The Hornets maintained the lead as the half progressed but the Terriers refused to go down without a fight as a short burst capped by a Tailour Hall trey brought them within three with 3:30 remaining.
Thomas remained in striking distance until Correa Jr. put the game just out of reach as he was fouled on a made three-pointer and made the ensuing free throw with under two minutes to play. Jose Berroa (Lawrence, Mass.) finished out the scoring at 72-65 as he made two free throws down the stretch.
The Hornets return to play at home on Friday, February 3 against Husson at 5:30 p.m.
The Terriers will hit the road on Friday, February 3 as they face Castleton at 5:30 p.m.