Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's Basketball team dropped a 94-75 decision to the University of Maine at Presque Isle in Stannard Gymnasium on Friday evening. With the win the Owls improve to 8-10 on the season and 2-7 in NAC play. The Hornets fall to 2-17 overall and 0-8 in conference.
Early baskets from the Hornets' Rian Hayman-Jones (Glover, VT) and Jahleel Gabriel (Springfield, MA) sandwiched around a layup from UMaine-Presque Isle's Shyquinn Dix gave Lyndon an early 4-2 advantage. The Owls ran off the next seven points, however, and never trailed the rest of the contest. UMPI gradually extended their advantafe to 50-30 following a Quinn Mitchell three-pointer with 1:36 to go in the opening half before Lyndon closed on a 7-3 run to make it 53-37 Owls at the break.
UMPI extended their lead to 71-47 following a Griffin Guerrette free throw with 13:57 remaining in the game. At that point the Hornets started to chip away at the Owl advantage. Zach Falkenburg (Kirkville, NY) scored three times inside and Dylan Torello (Port St. Lucie, FL) connected on a three-pointer to key a 10-0 run that brought the Hornets back to within 71-57 with 10:23 to go. The Owls built the lead back to 20 following a pair of Te'Von Hines free throws with 7:00 minutes remaining, but Lyndon went on another 10-0 run to get within 82-72 withn 4:23 to go. Willburn Griffiths' putback and foul broke the run but Torello answered with a basket and free throw of his own. That was as close as the Hornets would get, however, as the Owls cruised to the win from there.
Griffiths led UMPI with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Guerrette and Dix scored 17 and 16 points respectively for the Owls and Hines came off the bench to score 14. Falkenburg posted a game high 23 points and handed out five assists to lead the Hornets and Torello added 14. Kyle Cary (Selkirk, NY) pulled down a team best eight rebounds while Damon Denteh (Jamaica, NY) dished out seven assists.
The coaching staffs from both Lyndon and UMPI united with basketball coaches at all levels around the country by wearing sneakers with their dress game attire Friday evening in support of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Coaches vs Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week. Coaches vs Cancer is a collaboration between the NABC and the American Cancer Society established to raise awareness and support for the fight against cancer.
The Hornets and Owls will turn right around and play again tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm in Stannard Gymnasium.