Worcester, Mass. - January 21, 2017 - The Springfield College men's basketball team was outscored by 18 points in the second half as host Clark University rallied for an 82-68 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win on Saturday afternoon.
The loss drops Springfield's record to 8-9, 2-4 in conference play, while the Cougars ledger improves to 11-6, 3-3.
For the Pride, Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) netted a team-best 22 points to go along with six boards and three assists, while Andy McNulty (West Springfield, Mass.) added 14 points of his own. Kevin Durkin (Worcester, Mass.) totaled 13 points and Keegan McDonough (Bath, Maine) had 10 rebounds and four assists, both career-high marks. Springfield made just 3-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc and struggled from the line, going 15-for-29.
Clark owned a 43-32 edge on the glass and made 29-of-35 free throw attempts. David Mercier was one of four Cougars to score in double figures and led the hosts with 22 points, while Lamar Berk hauled in 11 boards.
Even at 15 midway through the first half, Springfield used five points from Durkin as part of a 7-0 run to open up a 22-15 advantage at the 8:11 mark. The Pride would later push its lead to 32-23 on a Ross jumper with 5:18 on the clock. However, over the next three-plus minutes, Clark put together a 10-0 burst to regain a one-point lead before an inside bucket from Durkin and a pair of freebies from Avalon McLaren (Brockton, Mass.) to take a 37-33 lead into the break.
Over the first 5:21 of the second half, the Cougars stormed out to a 14-2 run to earn 47-39 lead. A putback from Ross would close the Pride within 47-42 with 14:20 left to play, before Clark answered by scoring 12 of the next 18 points to open up a double-digit lead, 59-48. Springfield would get as close as six, when a free throw from Ross made it 65-59 at the 4:37 mark, but the hosts converted on 12 free throws down the stretch to run away with the conference victory.
Springfield will start its four-game homestand this upcoming Wednesday when it hosts Emerson at 5:30 in Blake Arena.