February 6, 2013

Farmington sweeps hoop twin bill from Lyndon

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine men's and women's basketball teams improved their position in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference playoffs by pulling off a sweep of Lyndon.

In the men's game, Nate Carson drained all seven of his first half three-point attempts on his way to a career high 23 points, fueling the Beavers to a 78-53 win over the Hornets at Dearborn Gym.

Carson finished the night eight-of-eight from the field, hitting just one bucket in the second half. He had two rebounds, an assist, and two steals while leading a quartet of UMaine-Farmington (17-5, 12-3 NAC) players in double-figures.

Ben Johnson logged his 14th double-double of the season with 19 points and 15 rebounds, and connected on nine of his 18 attempts from the field while handing out three assists. Yusuf Iman charted 11 points and a team-high five assists, while Andrew Dickey finished the night with 10 points.

Lyndon's (9-12, 8-6 NAC) Devyn Baranauskas (Waterbury, Conn.) paced the Hornets offensively with 13 points, while Jose Fortunato (Boston, Mass.) logged 10 points with five assists. George Carle (Central Falls, R.I.) hauled down a team-best 11 rebounds for the Hornets, and Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) grabbed 10 boards to go with eight points.

Lyndon's early 6-2 lead was as good as the night would get for them as UMaine-Farmington's responded with a 21-0 run. Carson drained five of his three-pointers during the surge, with Johnson adding three buckets of his own, to help the Beavers take a 23-6 by the 11:47 mark of the first half.

UMF's advantage reached its widest at 31-9 following an Iman layup at the 8:32 mark, but the Beavers would be held scoreless for the next three minutes while the Hornets whittled the margin down to ten points. Another nine-point run for UMaine-Farmington down the stretch sent the Beavers into the locker room with a 46-27 lead.

Lyndon pulled to within 11 points, 52-41, with 13:40 to play in the game after a David Lorden (Pepperell, Mass.) layup, but the Hornets could not get to within double-digits of the Beavers.

UMaine-Farmington shot .569 (33-of-58) from the floor, while holding Lyndon to a .293 field goal percentage. The Beavers also turned the Hornets' 17 turnovers into 21 UMF points.

In the women's contest, U Maine -Farmington forced Lyndon into committing 22 turnovers and held the Hornets to just 21.1 percent shooting from the field, as the Beavers cruised to a 60-37 victory.

Holly Oliver paced UMaine-Farmington (8-13, 8-7 NAC) with 11 points, and completed her first career double-double with 14 rebounds. Oliver went 5-of-7 from the floor, including one three-pointer.

Lindsay Ranquist was the only other UMF player in double-digits with 10 points, built largely her 8-of-10 performance at the free-throw line. Ten different players chipped in points for the Beavers, including 21 points off the bench.

Emily Gray (Quincy, Mass.) and Aimee Thompson (Barnet, Vt.) each scored seven points to lead Lyndon (5-16, 3-11 NAC). Gray also pulled down a team-high seven boards.

UMaine-Farmington opened the game with a 13-2 run, driven by four points each from Oliver and Ranquist. The Beavers held their double-digit lead through the first half, and went into the locker room at the break with a 27-14 lead. Lyndon State connected on just five of its 26 field goal attempts in the first half (.192), while UMF was 9-of-35 from the floor.

The Beavers continued to expand their lead throughout the second half, with the lead reaching its widest at 27 points, 58-31, at the 4:34 mark following a pair of foul shots by Ayla Allen.