Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's basketball team was defeated by 2017-18 North Atlantic Conference champion New England College 103-55 on Monday evening. The Hornets fall to 1-2 on the season while the Pilgrims, now members of the New England Collegiate Conference, improve to 2-0 on the season.
Ricky Leonard paced the Pilgrims with 22 points and Izaiah Winston-Brooks added 17. Jason Jones pulled down 11 rebounds for NEC. Damon Denteh (Jamaica, NY) was Lyndon's only double figure scorer with 12 points. Jahleel Gabriel (Springfield, MA) pulled down a game high 13 rebounds.
Cold shooting and turnovers spelled trouble for the Hornets. Lyndon gave the ball away 33 times, compared to only 16 for NEC. The Pilgrims shot 44.7% from the floor while limiting the Hornets to only 30.3% shooting, including only 21.4% from behind the arc.
The Hornets will play NCAA Division I University of Vermont in an exhibition game on Wednesday. Tip-off from Patrick Gym in Burlington will be 7:00 pm. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN+.