Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's basketball team battled back from a 16-point deficit to take a two-point lead over Thomas College with 6:20 to go in Saturday's North Atlantic Conference game. The Hornets were unable to hold on, however, as the Terriers responded with a 12-2 run and came away with a 95-85 victory. Thomas improves to 7-9 overall and 4-2 in the NAC, while Lyndon falls to 2-14 on the season and 0-6 in conference.
The two teams battled on equal footing early in the contest, with the Hornets holding a 21-19 lead just under nine minutes in. The Terriers then went on a 22-4 run over the next six minutes to build a 41-25 advantage, before going to the locker room up 11 at half. The Hornets climbed their way back in it in the second session, and two free throws from Zach Falkenburg (Kirkville, NY) put Lyndon in front, 79-77, with 6:20 to go. Justin Butler answered with a three for Thomas, igniting a 12-2 run and siezing control back for the Terriers. Thomas was able to hold off Lyndon the rest of the way and take the victory.
The Terriers made 35 of 58 (60.3%) field goal attempts, including a blistering 13 of 21 (61.9%) from beyond the three-point arc. Meanwhile, the Hornets connected on 31 0f their 62 attempts (50.0%), including nine of 18 (50%) from distance. Thomas held a 31-26 rebounding advantage. Lyndon forced 15 Terrier turnovers while committing 13 themselves. The Hornets distributed the ball wekk, finishing with 25 assists on 31 field goals, while the Terriers recorded 24 assists on their 35 makes.
Loveguerson Fleurine topped six double figure scorers for the Terriers, posting a double double with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Michael Gilman was next with 17 points, including five of seven from long range. Damon Denteh (Jamaica, NY) led the Hornets with 21 points and handed out a game high eight assists. Ricky Shuford (Prattville, AL) added 18 points and a team best nine rebounds. Falkenburg finished with 17 points, and Jahleel Gabriel (Springfield, MA) also hit double figures with 14 points.
The Hornets return to action on Wednesday evening when they travel to Green Mountain College for their final non-conference game of the season. Tip-off is set for 5:00 pm.