LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College men's basketball team kicked off the 2016-17 season at home with a commanding 92-60 win over Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Tuesday night.
Darnay Gray (Mashantucket, Conn.) led the way for the Hornets with 20 points and five rebounds. Corey Frost (Hamden, Conn.) added 15 while Raymond Monroe (Cranston, R.I.) and Kendrick Mills (Bellows Falls, Vt.) chipped in 11 points apiece.
Nolan Bird (Clarksburg, Mass.) posted 14 points while Joe Wiggins (Pittsfield, Mass.) added 12 for the Trailblazers. Joe Murray (Cairo, N.Y.) had a game-high nine rebounds.
With just a 6-4 lead a few minutes into the first half, the Hornets took control of the game on back-to-back threes and a layup from Monroe. The Hornets used high intensity defense to force tough shots from the visitors, steadily building onto their lead. Holding the Trailblazers to just 27 percent shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes, the hosts took a convincing 49-22 lead into the break.
Lyndon continued to put pressure on the MCLA offense as they continued to get stops and convert on the offensive end in the second half, outscoring the visitors 43-38 for a final score of 92-60.
The Hornets held the advantage in all important statistical categories, including winning the fight on the glass 59-36 and shooting 42 percent from the floor.
After the game, head coach Chris Dorsey was pleased with the win, stating, "I am very proud of the way we played defensively as a unit. Our main focus this year has been on the defensive end, tonight we were put to the test and came out on top."
"On the offensive end," Coach Dorsey continued, "we had four guys in double figures. We played unselfish and shared the ball. We have a number of guys on the team that are capable of scoring and we proved that."
Next up, Lyndon (1-0, 0-0 NAC) travels to take on Division I opponent The University of Vermont on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
MCLA (0-1, 0-0 MASCAC) takes on Connecticut College in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic at Coast Guard Academy on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.