Johnson, VT - Unfortunately for the Lyndon State College men's basketball team, Johnson State College found their shooting stroke on Saturday afternoon and cruised to a 92-71 North Atlantic Conference victory. The Badgers entered the game shooting a NAC low 28.4% from behind the three-point line, but converted 13 of 28 attempts (46.4%) to key the victory. The Badgers improve to 7-10 overall and 4-7 in conference, while the Hornets fall to 2-15 on the season and 2-9 in the NAC.
The Badgers jumped out to a 46-38 halftime advantage on the strength of 56.3% shooting, including eight of 15 from behind the arc. Demetrius Slade (Washington, DC) led Johnson with 11 points in the half, including three of four from distance, while Dawda Jallow (Allen, TX) and Alexander Vetere (Craftsbury, VT) each converted a pair of threes in the half. Darren Williams Jr. (Wiesbaden, Germany) scored all ten of his points in the opening half to help keep the Hornets within striking distance.
A 9-2 Badger run to start the second half extended the Johnson lead to 55-40, and the hosts gradually pulled away from there.
For the game, Johnson made 37 of 69 field goal attempts (53.6%), over 15% higher than their season average. The Hornets were unable to keep pace, connecting on only 28 of 72 shots (38.8%) and only 8 of 24 (33.3%) from long range. Lyndon held a 43-37 rebounding advantage. However the Hornets turned the ball over 18 times, resulting in 31 Badger points.
Marqwon Wynn (Wilmington, DE) topped five double figure scorers for Johnson with 17 points. Shakeel Irvin (Orlando, FL) was next with 13 points, while Slade and Vetere totalled 11 apiece. Ricky Shuford (Prattville, AL) and Kendrick Mills (Bellows Falls, VT) led the Hornets with 17 and 12 points respectively.
The Hornets return to action on Tuesday evening when they travel to Castleton University for a 7:30 pm tip-off. The Badgers will travel to Green Mountain College on Wednesday.