LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Lyndon State College men's basketball team celebrated Senior Day by securing a 70-55 North Atlantic Conference victory over Johnson State College Saturday afternoon in Stannard Gymnasium. Seniors Raymond Monroe (Cranston, R.I.), Xavier Colbert (Manassas, Va.), Eric Vargas (Lowell, Mass.), Josiah Woodruff (Washington, D.C.), Jose Berroa (Lawrence, Mass.), and Ife Jimmy (Modesto, Calif.) were recognized prior to the game for their contributions to Lyndon athletics and the Lyndon community.
Woodruff led all scorers with 22 points while adding four rebounds and four steals for the Hornets (10-12, 9-7 NAC). Monroe followed up with 18 points, on 5-of-9 shooting from behind the arc, and three rebounds. Vargas and Colbert dished out seven and six assists, respectively. Jimmy grabbed six rebounds in just six minutes off the bench and tallied five points.
Kawaun Chavis and Jordan Singleton led the Badgers (9-14, 6-10 NAC) with 14 points apiece. Benjamin Holl recorded 10 points while Demetrius Slade grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, made three steals, and blocked two shots.
The game saw six lead changes over the first 15 minutes of the game as neither team was able to create a lot of space until Johnson used a 13-2 run to take a 29-22 advantage with 2:39 to go in the first half. Two threes from Corey Frost (Hamden, Conn.) and a layup from Woodruff helped the Hornets close the gap and go into the break down only three at 33-30.
Singleton laid one in at the beginning of the second half but then the Hornets held the Badgers scoreless for just under four minutes while scoring 13 straight for a 43-35 lead.
The lead hovered around ten points for about seven minutes but the Hornets burst out a 10-0 run capped off by a trey from Monroe to stretch the lead out to 62-43. The Hornets held the Badgers at bay until the Badgers made one last push in the final minutes, bringing the final score to 70-55.
Lyndon hosts Castleton on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. while Johnson State hosts Green Mountain at the same date and time.