Springfield, Mass. - February 4, 2017 - The Springfield College men's basketball team had six players score in double figures, including three with 20 points, in a 98-78 victory over Wheaton College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday in Blake Arena.
Springfield's record improved to 11-10, 5-5 in league play, while the Lyons dropped to 9-12, 4-6.
Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) produced a double-double of 20 points and 10 boards to go along with three steals, Trey Witter (Unionville, Conn.) netted 20 points off the bench, canning five three-pointers, and Andy McNulty (West Springfield, Mass.) chipped in 20 points of his own. Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.) added 13 points, Anthony Reynolds (Springfield, Mass.) delivered 11 points, and Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) totaled 10 points. Springfield hit a season-high 14 three-pointers, knocked down 20-of-22 from the charity stripe, and finished the game shooting 50.8% from the floor (32-for-63).
Wheaton's Ryan Fogarty scored a team-best 20 points, including 14 in the first half, Duaka Ekwensi added 10 points off the bench, and Quinton Dale pulled down a team-best eight boards to go along with nine points. Wheaton held a 36-28 edge in the paint, but the Pride was able to turn 12 Lyons turnovers into 20 points.
The visitors opened up a 29-25 lead with 8:32 left in the first half on a layup by Fogarty, only to have the Pride put together an 8-0 surge as McNulty finished in traffic to give Springfield a 33-29 cushion at the 6:14 mark. Fogarty answered right back with a trifecta out of a Wheaton timeout, but Springfield responded with a 7-1 burst, capped off by a thunderous fastbreak dunk by Post with 3:57 on the clock. The hosts would head into halftime with a 48-42 lead thanks to a Witter tip-in at the buzzer.
Springfield's lead grew to 15 when Witter drilled a deep three at the 14:28 mark, but the Lyons showed some grit and used a 10-2 run over the next two-plus minutes to climb within 68-61. The Pride would push its lead to 12 on two occasions before a Liam Bruno inside finish made it a single-digit Springfield lead for the last time with 7:32 on the clock. Over the next five minutes, Springfield outscored Wheaton by a 14-4 margin, getting five points from Ross, as its advantage ballooned to 94-76 with under three to play.
Springfield's next game will come on Wednesday evening when it travels to face the nation's top-ranked team, Babson College, for a 7 pm contest.