Delhi, NY - Trailing SUNY Delhi by 19 points at the half, the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's basketball team staged a big second half rally, only to fall just short, as Delhi emerged with an 86-80 non-conference victory on Monday afternoon. With the win the Broncos evened their record at 8-8 on the season while the Hornets fall to 2-12.
Delhi capitalized on 14 first half Hornet turnovers and a 15-3 advantage in fouls to build a 48-29 halftime lead. The Broncos' Payton Dean scored 15 of his game high 27 points in the opening stanza.
After intermission the Hornets began to chip away. Lyndon opened the half on a 19-6 run, triggered by ten points from Jahleel Gabriel (Springfield, MA), to pull within 54-48 just over five minutes into the half.
After Delhi built their lead back to 14, the Hornets again rallied. Damon Denteh's (Jamaica, NY) free throws brought Lyndon to within 84-80 with 16 seconds remaining. The Hornets then forced a turnover on Delhi's next possession, but turned the ball over themselves, and two free throws from the Broncos' Carlos Ithier accounted for the final score.
Jordan Fragale was the only Bronco in double figures besides Dean. He finished with 19 points and seven assists. Gabriel scored 19 points, 15 coming in the second half, on eight for eight shooting to lead the Hornets. Denteh added 18 points and Ricky Shuford (Prattville, AL) recorded 17 points and a team high seven rebounds. Corey Frost (East Hamden, CT) also reached double figures with 11 points.
The Hornets return to North Atlantic Conference play this weekend. They will face conference leading University of Maine at Farmington on Friday evening at 5:30 pm in Stannard Gymnasium, and host Thomas College on Saturday at 1:00 pm.