HENNIKER, N.H. – Lyndon senior forward Jason Gray recorded is 1,000th career point, finishing with a game-high 22, to lead the Hornets past the New England College 86-77. With the win the Hornets improve to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in North Atlantic Conference play.
The two teams would battle back-and-forth through the entire first half which would see six ties and two lead changes. The Pilgrims would hit a jumper with 30 second remaining giving NEC the 33-31 advantage heading into halftime.
NEC would come out of the second half and build their largest lead of the game up 13 points just six minutes into the half. Lyndon would respond as the Hornets with a 12-4 run cutting the lead to just two points trailing 61-52 midway through the half.
Lyndon would grab their first lead of the half with six minutes on the clock and would never relinquish it closing out the second half shooting an impressive 58 percent from beyond three point range and 75 percent from the foul line.
Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) would lead all rebounders as well, finishing with nine, while Devyn Baranauskas (Waterbury, Conn.) would finish with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Lyndon's Howard Lyles (Washington, D.C) chipped in 16 points and Sam Coachman (Radcliff, Ky.) finished with 14 for the Hornets.
Leading the way for NEC was Jonathan Byrnes, who finished with a team-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Ryan Schmitz and Abdirahman Mohamed each chipped in 14 points for the Pilgrims.