February 6, 2013

Lyndon men, women end losing streaks

WATERVILLE, Maine - The Lyndon men's and women's basketball teams snapped their respective losing streaks Sunday with a sweep of their basketball doubleheader Sunday Thomas College.

The Hornet men topped the Terriers 86-73 in their final home game of the season at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium to stop a three-game skid.

Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) led the Hornets with a double-double posting 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Jose Fortunato (Boston, Mass.) also had a double-double for the victors with 15 points and 11 boards. The Hornets shot 45.7 percent (32-70) from the floor, while outrebounding the hosts 50-36.
   
Jarrad DeVaughn led the Terriers tied with a team-high 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds. With the loss to the Terriers fall to 12-10 (8-8 NAC), while the Hornets improve to 10-12 (9-6 NAC) on the season.

Ray Bernier Jr.) kicked off the scoring for Thomas with a layup in his final home game of his collegiate career. DeVaughn had 10 points in the opening stanza, while picking up a key assist off a rebound reducing the lead to three with 25 seconds left. Gray and Fortunato both had a team-leading eight points in the beginning half. In the first half Lyndon outshot the Terriers 42.5 percent to 38.9 percent.

Lyndon controlled the second half coming out strong and started with a six-point lead, but Thomas was able to reclaim the lead at 12:59 junior guard Franklin Salvador made a three-pointer. The Hornets would end the contest on an 11-0 run that started at the seven minute mark would give the visiting side the edge, finishing the game with a 13 point advantage.

Salvador tied with the team-high 17 points in the loss, going 5-11 from beyond the arc. Levi Barnes chipped in with 16 off the bench. Overall, Thomas shot 38.2 percent (29-76) from the field, and going 10-33 (30.3 percent) from downtown.

In the women's contest, Lyndon (6-15, 4-10 NAC) stopped a seven-game losing streak with a 70-60 win over Thomas (7-15, 5-11 NAC).
Donna Lawson (Irasburg, Vt.) had a double-double with a game high 28 points and 17 rebounds shooting 10-20 from the floor. Emily Gray (Quincy, Mass.) chipped in 17 points for the Hornets.

The Terriers held a one point lead, 25-24, after the first half of play. Thomas was able to jump out to a quick 5-0 advantage to start the game, but that would be the largest lead of the half for either team. The teams shared the lead throughout the first half, resulting in eight lead changes. Ashleigh Gagne drilled a three with under one minute to play to give the Terriers the advantage going into half.

In the first half, Megan Pelletier tied for the game-high with seven points to go along with her four rebounds. Gagne chipped in six points, going 2-3 from beyond the arc. For Lyndon, Gray had seven points while Lawson had eight rebounds.

The second half started with a bang courtesy of a three from Janelle Ciomei to get the Terriers off on the right foot. A layup from Pelletier gave Thomas their largest lead of the game, 10 points. Lyndon would take control of the game from there on, outscoring the Terriers 44-28 for the remaining 17:27.

Pelletier recorded a double-double with a team high 22 points and 12 rebounds for Thomas shooting 10-24 from the field. Katie McAllister chipped in 18 points going 7-14 from the floor.