Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's basketball team was firing on all cylinders Friday evening, posting a 110-81 win over the College of St. Joseph in the nightcap of day two of the inaugural Northern Vermont University Tip-Off Classic. The 110 points scored is the most by a Hornet team since Lyndon tallied 111 in a win over Thomas College in February of 2011. The win evens Lyndon's record at 1-1, while CSJ falls to 3-2.
After the two teams traded baskets in the first minute the Hornets connected on back to back three-pointers from Damon Denteh (Jamaica, NY) and Corey Frost (Hamden, CT) and never looked back. Lyndon gradually extended the advantage and took a 51-42 advantage into halftime.
With the Hornets holding a 54-46 lead less than two minutes into the second half Frost connected on back to back three-pointers and Ricky Shuford (Prattville, AL) followed with another to open the lead up to 17 points. The Fighting Saints were never able to get the game back to single digits, as Lyndon pulled away further for the 29-point victory.
Shuford and Frost had 20 points each to top the Hornet scoring column as Shuford connected on nine of ten shots and Frost made seven of 11, including six of nine from distance. Kevin Love (Bristol, CT) also had an extremely efficient game, scoring 18 points on eight of ten shooting. Denteh notched a double double with 11 points and 11 assists. Zach Falkenburg (Kirkville, NY) and Jahleel Gabriel (Springfield, MA) also hit double figures with ten points apiece, with Gabriel pulling down a team best nine rebounds. The Saints were led by Brian Kennedy with a game high 26 points. Charles Isaac Jr. and Mickalous Snowden added 19 and 14 points respectively. Frost and Kennedy were the Players of the Game for their respective teams.
Lyndon shot a blistering 60.8% from the floor, including 44.4% from the three-point line. CSJ made 46.1% of their shots, but only 20.8% from distance. The Hornets owned a commanding 52-24 rebounding advantage and recorded 30 assists as a team.
Friday's first contest saw Vermont Technical College pull away late to earn an 83-69 win over NVU-Johnson. Trekel Douglas earned Player of the Game honors for the Knights with an outstanding 35 point, 11 rebound, six assist effort. Eric Montanez added 15 points and eight rebounds. Vernon Slater was tops among foru double figure scorers for the Badgers, finishing with 15 points and earning Johnson's Player of the Game recognition. Vermont Tech remains unbeaten in four starts this season while Johnson falls to 0-2.
The Hornets will play next on Monday evening when they host 2018 North Atlantic Conference champion New England College. Tip-off is set for 6:00 pm in Stannard Gymnasium.