Tuesday’s college roundup, men’s basketball: Eastern Nazarene 99, Thomas 81

Posted Jan. 01, 2013, at 5:36 p.m.

QUINCY, Mass.— The Eastern Nazarene men’s basketball team picked up a 99-81 non-league victory over Thomas College Tuesday at the Lahue Physical Education Center.

Eric Lynch led Eastern Nazarene (5-2) with a season-best 22 points as he connected on 7-of-9 field goal attempts while converting 8-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Levi Barnes paced Thomas of Waterville (5-3) with 22 points and Franklin Salvador added 14. Stanley Greene chipped in with 12 points and Garen Manzo netted 11.

The Lions opened the contest with five-straight points before Thomas pulled even at 5-5 in the first minute of play.

Eastern Nazarene held a double-digit lead in the second half until the final six minutes as Thomas cut the deficit to eight, 82-74, on a three-pointer by Franklin Salvador.

The Lions stretched the gap to 21 points with 1:42 left.

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