Lyndonville, VT - Green Mountain College took control of a tight contest down the stretch and came away with an 84-72 victory over Lyndon State College in the North Atlantic Conference men's basketball opener for both teams. With the win, the Eagles improve to 3-2 on the season, while the Hornets drop to 0-4.
Lyndon jumped out to an early seven point advantage and maintained the lead throughout much of the first half, until Green Mountain's Diante Warner (Albany, NY) scored in the lane at the buzzer to send the teams into halftime tied at 38-38. Senior Darren Williams Jr. (Wiesbaden, Germany) led the Hornets with 10 points in the opening half, while De Shaun Carr (Moreno Valley, CA) led the guests with 12.
Matt Hess (Rising Sun, MD) scored the first basket of the second half to put Green Mountain in front, and although the contest remained tight, the Hornets would never lead again. When Duane Goodman Jr. (Charlotte, NC) scored off of an assist from Carr, the Eagles found themselves with a 51 42 lead with 16:47 remaining. Lyndon responded with an 12-4 run of their own, capped by a pair of Willoiams free throws that narrowed the gap to 55-54 with 10:07 to go. Green Mountain would score the game's next eight points, however, and Sean Leflore's (Moreno Valley, CA) layup built the Eagle lead back to 63-54 with 8:57 left. Lyndon was never able to get closer than four the rest of the way, as Green Mountain got to the final hornm with a 12-point win.
Carr tallied 19 points to top four double figure scorers for the Eagles. Green Mountain's two starting frontcourt players both recorded double doubles, with Hunt posting 17 points and 12 rebounds and Leflore adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. Williams led the Hornets with a career high 18 points, while freshman Gerald Fleming (Riverview, FL) added 13 points and eight rebounds.
The Hornets go on the road this weekend for a pair of NAC contests. They will play at Thomas College on Friday evening at 7:30 pm, before taking on the University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles will host Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday.