HENNIKER, N.H. – Shane Hennessey finished with a team-high 27 points on 8-for10 shooting to lead New England College over Lyndon 82-72.
Lyndon would open the game scoring the first five points, but NEC would chip away grabbing its first lead of the game 13-12 with 13:31 on the clock. The Pilgrims would use an 8-1 run to go up 25-17, but the Hornets would respond with an 11-2 run of their own to regain the lead up 28-27 with 3:45 remaining in the half.
NEC would grab the lead once more in the first, but Lyndon's Jose Fortunato (Boston, Mass.) would drain a three-pointer with seven ticks on the clock sending the Hornets into halftime with the 33-32 lead. Lyndon would build their largest lead of the game taking the 53-46 lead midway through the second half of play. The lead would be short lived as the Pilgrims would explode outscoring the Hornets 20-2 in a five minute span grabbing the 66-55 lead with 4:18 left to play.
The Hornets would get within seven points late, but the Pilgrims would close out the game shooting 14-for-16 from the foul line in the final three minutes solidifying the 82-72 victory.
In addition to Hennessey, the Pilgrims were led by Jason Minerve who chipped in 16 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line and 4-for-4 from the field, and Abdirahman Mohamed who finished with 11 points.
Leading the way for Lyndon was Phil Warrick (Springfield, Mass.) who led all scorers with 32 points. Fortunato chipped in seven points and Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds for the Hornets.