For immediate release – 12/7/2013 - #154
Hernandez Named Tournament MVP as Hornets win Championship, 87-69
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Lynchburg College men's basketball team continued to play with a spark in the championship game of the Gallaudet University Holiday Tournament, downing Gallaudet, 87-69, on Saturday night.
The Hornets maintained a 46-36 advantage at halftime, shooting 50 percent from the field. Similar to the first round game on Friday, the Hornets would pull away in the second half.
The Bison fought Lynchburg on every possession to start the final 20 minutes of play, getting the game within single digits, 62-54, on a Joshua McGriff layup with 10:28 left.
Lynchburg would utilize a 60 percent second-half shooting percentage to continue to pull away down the stretch.
Hernandez led all scorers with 23 points, while Zack Burnett added 14 points and four assists. For his performance, Burnett was named to the all-tournament team.
Orion Palmer led Gallaudet (1-6) with 19 points and a game-high eight assists. McGriff and Trey Gordon added 15 and 14 points respectively.
After a lengthy layoff for the Hornets, Lynchburg (6-2) plays Baruch College (NY) (5-2) in the Hampden-Sydney Holiday Classic December 29 at 2 p.m.