January 12, 2013

Hornets sting Mariners, fall to Eagles

CASTINE, Maine - Lyndon overcame a three-point halftime deficit to beat Maine Maritime 65-51 in a North Atlantic Conference men's basketball action. With the victory, the Hornets improved to 6-6 overall and 5-3 in the NAC.

Devyn Baranauskas (Waterbury, Conn.) netted a game-high 18 points for Lyndon and George Carle (Central Falls, R.I.) reached double figures with 13 points. Jose Fortunato (Boston, Mass.) grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for the Hornets while Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) and Carle pulled 11 and 10 boards, respectively.

Ben Russell led Maine Maritime with 11 points and Logan Poirier contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.

Lyndon State jumped out to 14-5 at 11:51 on David Johnson's jumper. The Mariners answered with a 10-1 scoring run to even the game at 15-15 at 8:45. Jason Hatch and Nick Holt each had a three and Russell and Caleb MacDonald added two points each.

Both teams traded buckets in the next three minutes before a Brad Reed three gave MMA a 25-23 lead. Gray's layup at 3:14 gave the Hornets a 26-25 lead before layups from Russell and Poirier put the Mariners up 29-26 at halftime.

The Mariners built their lead to nine, 35-26, with 15:36 left in the game before Lyndon erased it with a 15-1 scoring run. Carle started the run with a layup and Baranauskas capped it with three-straight layups to put the Hornets ahead for good, 41-38, with 9:43 left.

Maine Maritime got as close as two, 43-41, on a Tyler Chiasson free throw but didn't get within six the remainder of the game.

On Friday, the Husson University men's basketball team downed Lyndon by a final score of 93-79. Wes Muprhy scored a team-high 19 points to earn the win.

The pace in the early going was frantic, as both teams put up 70 shots on the evening with Husson holding the rebounding edge 40-37. The Eagles held a 16-point lead at several points during the first half and led by 12 at the break.

The story of the game came in the second half when Lyndon was able to cut the Husson lead down to six at 57-51. Moments later Jon Klages found a wide open Phil Leighton for three and Murphy promptly stole the ensuing inbounding pass and laid it in to put the Eagles back up by 11.

Ten Husson players scored on the night, with five of them being in double figures. Eric Modica notched 17 points and seven rebounds, Aaron Willis scored ten of his 15 points in the second half, and both Leighton and Spaulding finished with 11.

Gray poured in a game-high 22 points for Lyndon on 41 percent shooting and hitting seven of the eight free-throws he attempted. Carle had 15 points, eight rebounds and Baranauskas scored 13 points.