Posted: Jan 23, 2018
Henniker, NH - The Lyndon State College men's basketball team turned the ball over 15 times in the first nine minutes and 36 times total in dropping a 90-56 decision at New England College on Tuesday evening. The loss drops the Hornets to 2-14 overall and 2-8 in the North Atlantic Conference. NEC moves back into first place in the NAC with the win, as they improve to 9-1 in conference play. The Pilgrims are 13-4 overall.
The Pilgrims entered the contest as one of the NCAA Division III leaders in forcing turnovers. True to form, they jumped on Lyndon and moved out to a 28-8 advantage nine minutes into the contest. The Hornets steadied themselves somewhat, scoring the game's next nine points to cut the Pilgrim lead to 28-17, but the turnover bug returned and NEC rebuilt their advantage to 45-26 at halftime. Lyndon never got back into things in the second half, as NEC cruised to the win.
Izaiah Winston-Brooks (Roxbury, MA) led NEC with a game high 20 points on eight of 11 shooting, including a perfect 3 for 3 from behind the arc. Ricky Leonard (Windsor, CT) added 14 for the Pilgrims. Ricky Shuford (Prattville, AL) and Kendrick Mills (Bellows Falls, VT) led Lyndon with 14 and 13 points respectively, while Darren Williams Jr. (Wiesbaden, Germany) pulled down ten rebounds.
While the Hornets were turning it over 36 times, the Pilgrims only coughed it up seven times. That resulted in NEC holding a 46-8 advantage in points off of turnovers. Lyndon held a 53-46 rebounding advantage.
The Hornets will travel to Johnson State College on Saturday afternoon for a 3:00 pm tip-off. NEC will travel to the University of Maine at Farmington on Friday.