Smithfield, RI - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's basketball team started strong in its exhibition game at NCAA Division I Bryant University on Friday evening. The Hornets were unable to sustain things for a full game, however, as the Bulldogs used their substantial size advantage to wear down Lyndon and pull away for a 116-67 victory. Although the game was classified as an exhibition for the Hornets, it was a countable contest for the Bulldogs, who improved to 3-2 on the season.
The Hornets started well, competing on even terms early and taking their first lead when Kyle Cary (Selkirk, NY) scored off of a feed from Jahleel Gabriel (Springfield, MA) at the 17:07 mark to make it 7-5, Lyndon. The Hornets maintained their advantage over the next several minutes, eventually extending it to five points on a three-pointer from Peyton Olsen (Middleburgh, NY) with 12:16 to go in the opening half.
Bryant would eventually tie the game at 26-26 following a Hall Elisias field goal with 9:00 to go, and take the lead 31 seconds later on a free throw from Benson Lin. Bryant would gradually extend their advantage over the final eight minutes of the first half, and head to the locker room with a 57-41 advantage. The Bulldogs were able to build the lead despite the Hornets shooting 50.0% from the field, including 58.3% from behind the arc, in the opening half.
Bryant broke the game open in the early minutes of the second half, as they went on a 7-1 run to push the lead to 22. The Bulldog defense held the Hornets in check in the second half, cooling Lyndon off to only 25.8% shootingwhile connecting on 64.9% of their own shots in the second half. As a result, Bryant continued to pull away for the 49-point win.
Seven Bryant players reached double figures in the contest, led by Adam Grant with 21 points. Elisias and Charles Pride both tallied 13 points while Patrick Harding and Ikenna Ndugba both recorded double doubles. Damon Denteh (Jamiaca, NY) led the Hornets with 16 points while Gabriel chippd in 12 points and ten rebounds.
The Bulldogs dominated the glass, owning a 55-30 rebounding advantage. The Hornets were also hurt by committing 26 turnovers to only 13 for Bryant.
The Hornets return to action on Sunday afternoon when they host SUNY Potsdam in a non-conference contest. Tip-off in Stannard Gymnasium is set for 2:00 pm.