Norton, Mass. - January 5, 2019 - The Springfield College men's basketball team earned its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win of the season on Saturday afternoon as it breezed past Wheaton College, 73-56, in Emerson Gymnasium.
The win snapped the Pride's three-game slide as it improved to 4-9, 1-1 in conference play, while the Lyons lost for just the second time this season to drop to 10-2, 1-1.
Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) paced Springfield with 17 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, while Trey Witter (Unionville, Conn.) delivered 17 points of his own as he tied a career-high with five three-pointers. Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) added 14 points and nine caroms as Springfield shot an impressive 26-for-51 (51%) from the floor, including 11-of-23 (47%) from beyond the arc.
The Pride's offense was sensational in the opening 20 minutes of play, as it made 72% of its shots, going 18-for-25, and drilled 8-of-11 from downtown. With the game even at 4-4, Springfield surged ahead with 10-straight points, as Ross snagged a steal and scored in transition to make it 14-4 at the 14:50 mark. The lead grew to 24-6 and Wheaton burned a timeout with 11:16 on the clock after back-to-back triples from Jake Jacobson (Branford, Conn.) and Witter. Springfield didn't let up out of the break and would push their advantage to 29 points on another trifecta from Witter with just over a minute to play to give the visitors a 45-16 cushion. The Pride would eventually take a 47-20 lead into the half as Witter led all scorers with 14 points.
Just under five minutes into the second half, Springfield would gain its largest lead of the game, 59-29, on a three-pointer by Post. With a 30-point lead, Springfield would slow the game down and Wheaton would make a push late, pulling within 66-52 with under four minutes to play. However, Ross would score seven points down the stretch to help seal the Pride's first conference win of the year.
The Pride will continue conference play next Wednesday when it plays an 11:30 am contest at Clark.