Men's Basketball Looks to Rebound at Lyndon and Johnson

Men's Basketball Looks to Rebound at Lyndon and Johnson

WATERVILLE, ME – The Thomas College men's basketball team will kick off a six-game North Atlantic Conference (NAC) road trip this weekend as they travel to Vermont.  The Terriers (5-6, 3-1 NAC) will open the weekend on Friday at Lyndon State College (2-6, 1-3 NAC) in a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.  On Saturday, the Terriers will travel to Johnson State (4-6, 1-3 NAC) for a 1:00 p.m. matchup.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, January 6

Thomas (5-6, 3-1 NAC) at Lyndon State College (2-6, 1-3 NAC), 5:30 p.m.

George W. Stannard Gymnasium, Lyndon, Vermont

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Saturday, January 7

Thomas at Johnson State (4-6, 1-3 NAC), 1:00 p.m.

Carter Gym, Johnson, Vermont

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About the Terriers:

Since opening up their season at 5-2 (3-0 NAC), the Terriers have struggled offensively, dropping four straight games.  In their first seven, the Terriers averaged 75.7 points per game and since then have been averaging 67.5 points.  Along with turnovers, Thomas has struggled from behind the arch during the four-game skid, shooting 24-for-94 (25.5%).

On Tuesday, the Terriers lost their first NAC contest of the season in a 77-61 loss to the University of Maine at Farmington.  Thomas will look for a spark from senior guard Tyheem Simon who currently leads the conference with 23 points per game.  Jordan Derosby had a big first half against UMF on Tuesday as he hit four three-pointers in the first ten minutes of the game.

Thomas (5-6, 3-1 NAC) at Lyndon State College (2-6, 1-3 NAC), 5:30 p.m.

George W. Stannard Gymnasium, Lyndon, Vermont

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Last Meeting: January 30, 2016 – Thomas 80, @ Lyndon State College 71

Levi Barnes, a 2016 graduate, led the Terriers offense with a team-high 21 points en route to a nine-point victory.  Carlos Gonzalez went 11-for-12 from the charity stripe to contribute to 17 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.  In 20 minutes of play, Tyheem Simon netted 12 points and three assists while Ian King pulled in eight rebounds.

Shaun Hill paced the Hornets with 24 points and five boards in the defeat.  Now sophomore Kevin Love finished with 16 points and five rebounds.

After entering halftime tied up 41-41, the Terriers maintained a small lead throughout the second half to earn the 80-71 victory.

About the Hornets:

The Hornets have dropped two-straight games and sit ninth in the North Atlantic Conference standings.  In their small skid, Lyndon fell to conference number one Castleton, 58-50, and conference number two New England College, 76-73.  The other NAC loss was an 81-79 heartbreaker at Colby-Sawyer.

Despite their close games, Lyndon sits last in the NAC in points per game at 66.3 and last in shooting percentage at 38.0 percent.  On the defensive side, the Hornets sit second in the conference allowing only 70.8 points per game.  Junior Charles Correa leads the Lyndon offense with his 16.4 points per game while Kevin Love averages 12 points and six boards. 

Thomas at Johnson State (4-6, 1-3 NAC), 1:00 p.m.

Carter Gym, Johnson, Vermont

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Last Meeting: January 29, 2016 – Thomas 95, @ Johnson State 74

Barnes and Simon combined for 60 points as Barnes dropped 36 points and Simon scored 24 while pulling in seven rebounds.  Gonzalez chipped in with 14 points and eight boards in the win.

Now senior guard Benjamin Holl led the Badgers with a team-high 23 points and four boards while Demetrius Slade contributed with 12 points, four rebounds, and three steals.  Their only lead of the contest was a 6-5 score just five minutes in.  The Terriers pulled away to a ten-point lead at the break and maintained the advantage the rest of the way.

About the Badgers:

Johnson State enters the weekend fresh off a big home win in an 85-80 overtime victory over Colby-Sawyer at home on Tuesday.  The win was their first NAC win of the season after dropping their first three to New England College, Castleton, and Green Mountain.

In their ten matchups on the season, the Badgers sit second in the conference in scoring at 79.1 points per game while shooting 42.6 percent on the floor.  Junior Marqwon Wynn has been big for his team this year averaging 19.5 points per game, placing him fifth in the North Atlantic Conference.  Fellow junior Kawaun Chavis sits second on the squad with 14.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.