Hornets fall at RPI Tip-Off Tournament

TROY, N.Y. – Five different players reached double digits in points as Plymouth State College shot 47 percent from the field in defeating Lyndon 83-69, in the consolation game of the ECAV Tip-Off Tournament on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Alex Burt came off the bench to lead the Panthers with 16 points in 17 minutes. Tom Dowd added 15, while Ryan Lambert and Brian Chergey scored 13 points each. Ian Dempsey chipped in with 11 points for Plymouth State, which made 31 of 66 shots from the field, including six three-pointers.

The game was a one-point affair with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half when the Panthers went on a 15-4 run for a 13-point lead (41-28) at halftime.  Dowd had 13 of his points in the first frame, while Chergey scored nine first half points. Plymouth State never led by fewer than 10 points in the second half on its way to the victory.

Dowd, who made seven of his 10 shots, led the Panthers in rebounding with eight, including four offensive.  He also had two assists and two steals in 22 minutes.  Lambert added six rebounds with two assists, while Chergey had a team-best four assists.

For Lyndon, freshman Phil Warrick (Springfield, Mass.) led all scorers with 19 points, including 13 in the second half.  He also had four steals, two rebounds and an assist. Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) added 18 points and eight rebounds and senior Mike Norcross (North Haverhill, N.H.) had a game-high 11 rebounds and five points.
 
On Friday, D.J. Blakemore scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute men's basketball team to a 95-62 victory over Lyndon in the semifinal round of the tournament held at RPI's East Campus Arena.

RPI scored 10 of the first 14 points of the game, including back-to-back baskets by Jeremy Moylan and Blakemore giving the Engineers a 10-4 lead, less than four minutes in. RPI built up a 12-point edge (26-14) after a three-pointer junior guard Matthew Pooley with 10:28 to play in the first half. Rensselaer defense picked up over the next four minutes, not allowing a basket, while a Blakemore triple extended the Engineers' lead to 29-14.

A three-pointer by Travis Jones, followed by a lay-in by Joe Gibbons gave the hosts their largest lead of half (43-24) with 36 seconds to play, but a Mike Norcross (North Haverhill, N.H.) bucket at the horn brought Lyndon to within 17 at the break.

Logan Calkins (Danville, Vt.) hit a triple, followed by a lay-up by Warrick which pulled the Hornets to within 14 points (45-31). That was close as they would get as the Engineers shot 53.8 percent (21 for 39) in the second half to put the game out of reach early.

Aiding Blakemore's 16 points and three assists was Jones, who finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Moylan added 12 points, eight rebounds and a game-high two blocked shots, while Gibbons came off the bench to net 11 points and haul in six boards.

Leading the way for Lyndon was Warrick, who dropped in a team-best nine points, to go along with five rebounds and two assists. Ben Sackett (Lyndonville, Vt.) scored eight points, with Jose Fortunato (Boston, Mass.) recording four points, nine boards, three assists and three steals.

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