Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's basketball team jumped out to an early 11-point lead in Thursday's opening contest of the Northern Vermont University Tip-Off Classic. Unfortunately for the Hornets, they were unable to sustain things and dropped a 91-71 decision to the Vermont Technical College. The game was the season opener for the Hornets, while the Knights move to 3-0 on the season.
Lyndon jumped out to an early 14-4 lead on the strength of three three-point goals from Damon Denteh (Jamaica, NY). Following a Luke Fredsell (Whitesboro, NY) three Lyndon was in front 17-6 less than six minutes into the game. With Lyndon in front 24-15, Vermont Tech went on an 11-0 run to take the lead, and the Hornets would never regain it.
Drake Perry scored 22 points to lead the Knights. Eric Montanez came off the bench to score 20 points and grab seven rebounds and Tyrone Hilson chipped in 17 points and nine rebounds. Denteh led the Hornets with 21 points and four assists. Ricky Shuford (Prattville, AL) was Lyndon's only other double figure scorer, recording ten points and ten rebounds. Perry and Denteh were named the Players of the Game for their respective teams.
In the tip-Off Classic nightcap, the College of St. Joseph broke away from a 67-67 tie, colsing the game on a 13-7 run to defeat NVU-Johnson. The Saints improved to 2-1 with the win, while the Badgers fell to 0-1. Charles Isaac scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds to pace CSJ. Adley Elican added 20 for the Saints. Tyhee Taylor and Winston Jones scored 18 points each to lead the Badgers. Isaac and Taylor were named the Players of the Game.
The Classic will continue in Stannard Gym on Friday evening. NVU-Johnson will square off against Vermont Tech at 5:30 pm and the Hornets will follow against St. Joseph at 7:30.