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Chargers defeat Hornets, 75-56

Chargers defeat Hornets, 75-56

NEW LONDON, N.H. –  Lyndon ended the Fall 2014 semester on a down note as Colby-Sawyer placed five players in double figures in a 75-56 North Atlantic Conference victory over Lyndon State Saturday.

The Hornets finishes 2014 with a 2-7 overall record and a 1-4 mark in conference play. Lyndon resumes its season when it hosts Plymouth State on Thursday, Jan 8 at 7 p.m.

The Hornets raced out to a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes of the contest on four points from senior George Carle (Central Falls, R.I.) and a trey by senior Robert Alers (Central Falls, R.I.). The Chargers slowly clawed back and after six straight points from junior Peter Donato, they held their first lead at 13-12.

With the Chargers trailing 22-21 with 8:33 remaining in the first half, senior Kyle Nelson was inserted into the lineup. He made three straight three-pointers on consecutive trips to give the Chargers a 30-24 lead. He added two more threes in the next two minutes to help break the game open at 38-24.

Colby-Sawyer finished the half on an 8-0 run capped by a Koang Thok layup to take a 46-26 lead into the break.

"We need to do a better job of communicating on defense whether we're in zone or man-to-man," said Lyndon Head Coach Chris Dorsey. "Usually our defensive intensity carries over into our offense, but we did not get the opportunity to make that happen tonight."

The second half was evenly played as the teams traded baskets throughout. Colby-Sawyer held a double digit lead for the entire half and Lyndon could not get closer than 14 points.

Nelson finished with 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc in nine minutes of action. Donato scored 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while junior Wol Majong added 12 points and five assists. Junior Jake Maynard recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards. Thok was the fifth Charger to reach double figures with 10 points.

Carle finished with a game-high 20 points for the Hornets. Johnson turned in 14 points and game-highs of eight assists and five steals. Robert Alers (Central Falls, R.I.) had 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting and a team best seven caroms.  

"We need to focus ono playing better basketball," said Dorsey. "And we need to get better leadership out of our players."