Springfield, Mass. - January 6, 2018 - The Springfield College men's basketball team erupted for a season-best 98 points as it stormed past Wheaton College, 98-75, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon in Blake Arena.
Springfield earned its first conference win of the season to improve to 7-6, 1-1 in NEWMAC play, while the Lyons had their six-game winning streak snapped to fall to 9-3, 1-1.
Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) was outstanding in the win for the Pride as he netted 35 points, including 24 in the first half, to go along with 10 rebounds, six assists, and three steals and Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) added a double double of his own with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Trey Witter (Unionville, Conn.) chipped in 14 points off the bench, while Cam Earle (South Hadley, Mass.) netted 11 of his own as Springfield had 36 points off its bench in the win. Andy McNulty (West Springfield, Mass.) was Springfield's fifth player to reach double figures, tallying 13 points in the win.
The Pride finishing the game shooting 38-for-73 (52%) and held a 42-30 edge on the glass.
For the Lyons, Ryan Fogarty scored a team-best 22 points, while teammate Liam Bruno added 20 points of his own. Riley Tetreault delivered eight points and seven rebounds for Wheaton, who shot 26-for-57 (46%), bolstered by a 13-for-24 (54%) performance in the first half.
Springfield jumped out to a 9-4 advantage after consecutive scores in transition by Ross and McNulty at the 16:56 mark as the visitors burned their first timeout of the afternoon. However, the Lyons would regroup and put together a 15-8 push, getting nine points from Fogarty, to open up a 19-15 edge with 12:04 on the clock. After an inside finish by Wheaton's Robby Lowey with 8:21 tied the game at 23-all, Springfield closed out the half on a 26-8 surge as it went into the break with a 49-31 cushion. Springfield hit five of its nine first-half three-pointers in the stretch, including three by Ross as he scored 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting while playing the entire first half. As a team, the Pride hit 9-of-18 from beyond the arc in the first half and turned 10 Wheaton turnovers in 14 points.
A pair of free throws from Bruno with 16:48 remaining in regulation brought Wheaton within 18 at 53-35, only to have Springfield seal the game with a 17-7 surge over the next seven-plus minutes to grow its lead to 70-42 following two freebies from Charlie Clay (Southborough, Mass.). The Pride would not let its lead dip below 22 points the rest of the way as it cruised to the 23-point victory. The Pride's bench scored 30 of its 49 second-half points, with Witter producing 14 points in just 10 minutes of action.
Springfield will host Clark University on Wednesday at 12 pm contest in Blake Arena, a contest in which elementary school students from several Springfield elementary schools will be in attendance.