Quincy, MA - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's basketball team ran into a hot shooting Eastern Nazarene College team on Wednesday evening. The Hornets came out on the short end of a 114-90 final score in the non-conference affair. The Lions improve to 3-5 on the season while the Hornets fall to 3-4.
Eastern Nazarene built a ten point halftime advantage, capitalizing on 12 first half Lyndon turnovers, resulting in 17 Lion points. Lyndon was able to cut the deficit to seven at 53-46 on a Luke Fredsell (Whitesboro, NY) three-pointer at the 17:17 mark of the second half. That would be as close as the Hornets would get, however, as the Lions responded with a 7-0 run to build their lead back to 14. Eastern Nazarene would pull away from there to secure the victory.
The Lions connected on 45 of 83 (54.2%) field goal attempts for the contest. That total included 12 of 23 (52.2%) from behind the three point arc, eight of 11 in the second half. Lyndon made 27 of their 57 (47.4%) shots, including 11 of 33 (33.3%) from distance. The hosts converted 22 Hornet turnovers into 30 points, and used a 46-34 rebounding advantage to yied 18 second chance points.
Luke Dagley topped seven double figure scorers for Eastern Nazarene, finishing with 17 points and going five for five from the three-point line. Josh Rice added 15 for the Lions and Jacob Waldroop and Garrett Crandell chipped in with 13 points each. Damon Denteh (Jamaica, NY) led the Hornets with 12 points. Peyton Olsen (Middleburgh, NY) added 11 and Fredsell finished with ten points and five assists.
The Hornets will open North Atlantic Conference play this Saturday when they go on the road to face defending conference champion Husson University. Tip-off is set for 6:00 pm.