Lyndonville, Vt. - November 20, 2012 - A balanced attack helped lead the Springfield College men's basketball team to its third-straight victory to open the season as it bested Lyndon State, 87-60, in non-conference play Tuesday evening.
For the second-straight season, Springfield is off to a 3-0 start to begin the season, while Lyndon State dropped to 0-1.
Preseason All-American selection Alex Berthiaume led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points in just 13 minutes during the win at Stannard Gymnasium. Jordan Rote chipped in 15 points while Josh Downes and Sean Martin added 10 points and five assists, respectively. Nick Toto came off the bench late in the contest to grab a team-high seven rebounds.
As a team, the Pride continued to be effective on the offense side of the ball, scoring over 80 points for the third-straight game. Springfield shot 58.6% (34-58) from the field, including 64.6% (18-28) in the second half. The visitors also held a 39-24 edge in rebounds and scored 19 second-chance points.
Jason Gray led Lyndon with an 11-point, eight-rebound effort and Tyler Morrison tossed in 10 points off the bench. Daquan Vaughan had nine points and three steals in the loss and teammate Devyn Baranauskas dished out five assists.
After a Gray jumper gave the hosts a 9-8 edge at the 17:23 mark, Springfield poured on a 17-0 run capped off by a Berthiaume bucket to take a 25-9 lead. Springfield's lead would grow to as many as 21 in the first half as it coasted to the victory.
Springfield will look to continue its strong play next Tuesday when it travels to clash with in-region rival Keene State beginning at 7:30 pm.