Johnson, VT- Northern Vermont University at Lyndon placed five players in double figures as their offense carried them to a 95-88 win over the MCLA Trailblazers men's basketball team this afternoon in the NVU Classic. Lyndon improves to 2-0 on the season while MCLA dips to 1-1.
NVU Lyndon jumped out to a 55-46 lead at halftime as MCLA struggled to stop the Hornet offense from scoring. The lead grew to 65-50 early in the second half before MCLA made things interesting.
MCLA went on a 16-6 spurt to close within five at 71-66 when Hayden Bird drilled a mid range jumper. After Lyndon made a free throw, Bright Afful converted a layup to close within four, and when he converted a free throw, it was 72-69, still with seven minutes to play.
Lyndon's Damon Denteh drilled a three pointer on the next possession to increase the lead back to six points. That jumper started an 8-0 run that built the margin to 80-69. MCLA would not get closer than five points the rest of the way.
Ki-Shawn Monroe led MCLA with 18 points as he was 8-9 from the charity stripe. He added 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Freshman Chris Becker scored 16 points in just 11 minutes of action. Mike Demartinis chipped in with 14 points.
Lyndon was led by Denteh's game high 19 points. Zach Falkenburg scored 15 points while Kyle Cary added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Luke Fredsell and Peyton Olsen scored 11 and 10 points respectively.
Lyndon shot 50% in the win and made 15-35 three pointers on the night.
MCLA is back in action next weekend when they compete in the Western New England tournament.