SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Springfield College scored the first 26 points of the second half as it held Lyndon off the scoreboard for the first 12:17 and stormed to an 81-62 victory at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off. The Pride's Matt Cavalieri was named the game's Most Outstanding Player as he tallied 19 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists.
Springfield fell behind 8-3 early after Ben Sackett (Lyndonville, Vt.) buried a three from the right side. However, the Pride warmed up from the outside as it poured on a 10-0 run fueled by a pair of 18-foot jumpers by Cavalieri to take a 13-8 lead with 15:03 left in the first half.
The Hornets chipped away at the Pride's lead behind the play of Phil Warrick (Springfield, Mass.), who pumped in a quick seven points, including a deep jumper to put Lyndon State up 18-17 with 12:23 on the clock.
Lyndon's lead grew to five at 23-18 on another Warrick jumper, forcing head Charlie Brock to call his first timeout of the contest. The break didn't' slow the Hornets down as it increased its lead to 10 at 36-26 after an O'Bee Byrd (Waterbury, Conn.) bucket inside at the 5:10 mark.
Springfield did not go away and roared back to make it a two-point ball game after an 11-3 run capped off by Cavalieri free-throw to make it 39-37. At the half, Lyndon went into the locker room with a 42-38 advantage. Warrick led all scorers with 16 points in the opening half, while Cavalieri netted 12 for the Pride.
Springfield's defense clamped down at the start of the second half and took it's first lead since the 13:00 mark of the first half on a Ryan Coburn lay-in off a pretty Billy Harkins feed. The Pride went on to score at will as it went inside to Coburn and Cavalieri consistently in the stanza, with the duo combining for 21 points.
The Pride's lead grew to 24 after Cavalieri converted a three-point play in transition before the Hornets finally scored their first points of the half on an inside bucket by Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) at the 8:43 All told, Springfield would outscore Lyndon State, 43-20 in the half.
Coburn finished with 18 points, 14 of which came in the second half. Harkins had an especially solid game as he nearly missed a triple double with nine points, seven assists, and seven steals. Darvis Rankins also chipped in with nine points and six helpers. 11 different members of the Pride scored in the game, while the Pride posted 20 offensive rebounds and 26 assists.
Warrick was the lone Hornet to reach double figures as he netted 18 points, with just two coming in the second half. Sackett added eight points, while Gray pulled down a team-best five boards.
For his effort in the past week, Warrick was named the North Atlantic Conference rookie of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Nov. 21.
The Springfield, Mass. native averaged 17.3 points in his first three collegiate contests. The freshman guard scored 24 points and collected four rebounds in 16 minutes in Lyndon's 100-81 loss to Plattsburgh State on Monday, Nov. 15.
Over the weekend, he had a team high nine points, and two assists, in the Hornets 95-62 loss to Rensselaer in the opening round of the RPI Tournament. He closed out the event on Saturday with 19 points, four steals and two rebounds in a 83-69 setback at the hands of