Schenectady, NY - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's basketball team suffered through its worst shooting day of the season on Sunday afternoon. The result was an 89-73 loss to Castleton University in the consolation game of the Sig Makofski Invitational Tournament, hoste by Union College. The loss drops Lyndon to 2-4 on the season, while Castleton improces to 3-2.
Castleton opened up a 13-point advantage midway through the first half, running out to a 31-18 advantage just over ten minutes into the game. Whit the Spartans still leading, 41-19, Lyndon's Dylan Torello (Port St. Lucie, FL) scored eight straight points to bring the Hornets within 41-37 with 1:39 to go in the opening half. Castleton responded by scoring the final six points of the half to take a ten point advantage into intermission.
Castleton quickly built an 18 point advantage in the early going of the second half, and Lyndon was never able to get closer than nine the rest of the way.
The Spartans made 32 of 69 (46.4%) field goal attemts, including 8 of 23 (34.8%) from behind the arc. Meanwhile, the Hornets were only able to convert 26 of 79 (32.9%) attempts, including only 10 of 38 (26.3%) from long range. Castleton owned a 51-44 reboundign advantage and forced 13 Hornet turnovers while turning it over 11 times themselves.
Richard Walker led five Castleton double figure scorers with 19 points. Cameron Edwards added 16 and Tank Roberson chipped in 12 points and nine assists for the Spartans. Kevin Love (Bristol, CT) led the Hornets with 18 points. Corey Frost (East Hamden, CT) added 14, and Torello reached double figures for the first time as a Hornet, finishing with 11.
Love and Roberson were named to the All-Tournament Team, along with Marcus Collins of Westfield State University and Mike Concannon and Tournament Most Valuable Player Jackson Mannix of Union. Union defeated Westfield 73-67 to capture the tournament championship.
The Hornets will retunr home to Stannard Gymnasium on Friday evening, when they open North Atlantic Conference play by hosting Husson University. Tip-off is set for 5:30 pm.
Photo courtesy of Union College.