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Clark Tops Men’s Basketball, 72-57, in NEWMAC Action

Worcester, Mass. – January 14, 2009 - Pat Crean netted a team-best 10 points to go along with four assists as the Springfield College men’s basketball team fell to host Clark University, 72-57, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game on Wednesday evening at the Kneller Athletic Center.

Leading the way for the Cougars in the win was senior Peter Normandin, who had 18 points and eight rebounds. Two more players scored in double figures for Clark, which improved to 9-5 overall and remained unbeaten (3-0) in conference play. Juniors Mark Alexander and Jack Minister tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Clark outscored Springfield 24-9 in the first 9:23 of the game to grab a 17 point lead (41-24) heading into the half. Alexander led the Cougar assault with 10 first half points. Clark shot 50 percent (15-30) from the field in the frame to Springfield's 35.7 percent clip (10-28).

Springfield didn't go down without a fight in the second half. A conventional three-point play by Evan Christner cut Clark's lead to 12 points (46-34) with 13:27 to play.

But Clark responded with a 14-6 run over the next 4:07 to put the game away.

Crean led Springfield (7-7, 0-2) with 10 points and four assists. Freshman Ryan Coburn grabbed a team-high six boards.

Clark, which shot 78.9 percent from the charity stripe, also held a 40-32 advantage on the glass.

Springfield will face an undefeated NEWMAC team when it takes on MIT on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.