February 12, 2011

Terriers comeback to down Lyndon in OT

WATERVILLE, Maine – Thomas College rallied from a 27-point deficit to defeat Lyndon 138-136 in overtime on Senior Day. With 21 seconds remaining in overtime the Terriers found themselves tied with Lyndon when Jarrad DeVaughn tossed up a layup attempt with three seconds remaining.

The shot fell short of its mark, but Staley Greene Jr. grabbed the offensive rebound and sent the ball through for a buzzer-beating victory.

The first half saw the Terriers struggle to keep up with the Hornets, who shot 59 percent from the field and 60 percent from behind the arc. They were led by Jason Gray's (East Thetford, Vt.) 13 first-half points on his way to a 23-point game. When the teams entered the locker rooms at halftime the Hornets had a 62-39 advantage over Thomas.

When the teams hit the floor in the second half the Terriers began to chip into the Lyndon lead, and with 16 seconds remaining in regulation Andrew Duncanson drained a three to bring Thomas within three. The Hornets increased the lead to five with two Ben Sackett (Lyndonville, Vt.) free throws, but Thomas answered with a huge three pointer from Franklin Salvador with six seconds on the clock. Salvador immediately fouled Lyndon's Phil Warrick (Springfield, Mass.) on the inbounds.

After Warrick went 1-for-2 at the line, Isiah Brathwaite grabbed the rebound on the second shot with five seconds remaining and Antonio Juco took care of the tie as he sent a three pointer through the hoop as the buzzer sounded.

Lyndon was first to break the 119-119 tie with a Warrick three-pointer 10 seconds into overtime. The Hornets held the lead till Brathwaite hit a three at the 1:27 mark to take a two point lead. Lyndon tied it at the 0:55 mark with a jumper from Warrick, but Brathwaite answered again with another impressive three.Warrick drained another three to tie the game for the fourth time, beforeGreene Jr. ended it with his buzzer beating layup.

Warrick led Lyndon with a game-high 44 points, going 14-for-23 from the field and sending 14-of-16 free throws through the hoop. Duncanson finished up with 30 points, going 12-for-21 from the free throw linbe, and grabbing four rebounds. Brathwaite also hit double figures with 19 points, going 6-for-9 from the field, and 10 rebounds.

DeVaughn led the Terriers with 38 points, 11 rebounds, and went 12-for-13 from the free throw line. Juco and Salvador both hit double figures as well. Juco hit 24 and Salvador banged in 23 points.

Greene only points on the afternoon proved to be the most important in the game as they sealed the Terrier win.