January 7, 2012

Thomas, UMaine Farmington top Lyndon

FARMINGTON, Maine - Lyndon fell to 0-11 on the season overall and 0-5 in the North Atlantic Conference with losses to Thomas and UMaine-Farmington over the weekend.

On Friday, Thomas picked up its sixth win of the season with a 99-77 victory over Lyndon. The Terriers were led by Franklin Salvador, who came through with a 21 point performance in front of the home crowd. The Terriers (6-4, 3-2 NAC) struggled out the gates, as they had a hard time finding an answer for Lyndon's Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) and Asa Smith (Cheltenham, Md.) who combined for 23 of the Hornets 39 first half points.

Salvador got the Terriers rolling on a 17-to-2 run to close out the half when he drained huge three at the 4:04 mark.At the break the Terriers held a 51-39 lead over the Hornets. In the second half, the Terriers pushed their lead to 56-39 before Gray stopped the bleeding for the Hornets with a  jumper at the 17:53 mark; but their was now stopping the Terriers offense as five players hit double figures.

Marquis Pollard grabbed 13 rebounds helping Terriers outrebound the Hornets 50-42. Gray finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Smith added 14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks while freshman point guard Devyn Baranauskas (Waterbury, Conn.) collected 16 points, two assists and two seatls in his first game in a Lyndon uniform.

Saturday afternoon, the University of Maine at Farmington boosted its NAC record to 6-0 as the Beavers dispatched Lyndon 86-65 at Dearborn Gymnasium.

Ben Johnson paced the Beavers with 20 points and 13 boards, while Nate Carson supplied a career-high 19 points, including 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Pet Sumner with 16 points and Kevin Leary with 10 points also reached double figures scoring for the Beavers. Dan Kane handed out seven assists in the win, while Carson provided six assists.

UMF led from Leary's ice-breaking 3-pointer to the 86-65 final and appeared in control of the game with a Carson three giving the hosts a 58-39 advantage with 14:41 left in the game, but the Hornets ran off on a 15-2 stretch to draw the visitors to 60-54 with 9:48 to play. The Beavers held a 71-62 lead with 6:33 to play when Carson buried 3-pointers on back-to-back trips to ignite a 10-0 fire to put UMF in command at 81-62.

Gray and Smith netted 13 points apiece for Lyndon, which also received 10 points from Baranauskas. Smith scored six points and Baranauskas pitched in four points during the Hornets' rally from a 19-point deficit. Smith also grabbed eight rebounds, but the Hornets were outrebounded 53-27.