LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball fell to Lyndon State College in the final seconds, 51-48 on Saturday afternoon inside of Stannard Gymnasium.
Tyler Gilson (Thomaston, Maine) broke the early scoreless battle, putting the Mariners up 2-0 following a jump shot. The Mariners built an early 8-4 lead following a pair of jump shots from Gilson with 12:33 remaining. A 3-pointer from Lyndon's Avery King gave the Hornets a brief lead with 7:38 remaining, but it was Gilson once again who gave the Mariners the lead with a jump shot that sparked a seven-point run to put the visitors up 16-11.
Four-straight points from George Carle brought Lyndon within one with 2:47 remaining in the half, Jason Hatch (Islesboro, Maine) added a free throw to put the Mariners up 17-15, but the Hornets scored back-to-back jump shots to take a 19-17 lead into the half.
Nick Holt (Ellsworth, Maine) opened up the second half with a 3-pointer to put the Mariners up 20-19, but the Hornets answered with an 11-2 run to jump out to a 30-22 lead. Lyndon led by as much as 12 points, but the Mariners continued to fight, going on a 10-2 run, led by six points from Dylan Stevens (Wells, Maine), to close the gap to 40-36.
A jump shot from Tyler Thayer (Hermon, Maine) with 4:38 remaining tied the game at 45-45. David Johnson scored four-straight points to put the Hornets up 49-45 with 2:46 remaining. Dylan Price (Madison, Maine) and Holt combined to go 3-4 from the line to pull the Mariners within one, with one minute remaining.
The Mariners sent the Hornets to the line, and capitalized on a crucial miss and a defensive rebound by Price to regain possession with 22 seconds remaining. After a Mariner timeout, Thayer's jump shot was swatted out of bounds by a Hornet defender and following a reversed call after a video replay, Lyndon State took possession and Carle scored a jump shot as time expired to give the Hornets the victory.
Gilson led the Mariners with 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block, while Thayer added 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Carle finished the afternoon with 13 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, while Rontrez Purcell added 11 points and game-high eight rebounds, three blocks, and an assist.
Maine-Maritime drops to 3-20 overall and 2-14 in NAC action, while Lyndon moves to 9-14 overall and 8-8 in NAC play.
The Mariners will return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to NAC opponent Thomas College for a 5:30 p.m. game.