Keene, N.H. – November 18, 2008 – Ryan Blackmon pumped in a game-high 22 points as the Springfield College men’s basketball team picked up a solid win on the road at Keene State, 68-63, on Tuesday evening in non-conference action.
The Pride, which moved to 2-1 on the season, had four starters reach double-figures in the scoring column, including John Strawson. The senior center notched his third-straight double-double of the season as he notched 10 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three blocks.
Keene State was paced by senior forward Tyler Kathan, who scored all of his 17 points in the second half and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Owls (0-2). The Pride did an excellent job shutting down Kathan, who was held without a field goal until just under 16 minutes remaining in the game.
The Owls didn’t have an answer for Blackmon, who continued his torrid offensive start to the ’08 campaign. The junior guard hit 10 of his 13 shots from the field en route to his game-high 22 points for the Pride.
The Owls took an eight point lead 23-15 on a long three-point basket by freshman forward Derek D'Amours midway in the first half. Despite trailing by eight, Springfield continue to chip away at the Keene State lead. Springfield eventually took it first lead of the game (24-23) on a jumper by freshman guard Antoine Hicks at the 5:50 mark. A three-pointer by junior forward Pat Crean sent the Pride to the locker room with a 36-32 lead.
The Pride began the second half with a 10-2 run to take a 46-34 lead on a basket by Blackmon five and a half minutes into the second half.
The Owls came back with a 12-4 run, capped by a three-pointer by Kathan to cut the lead to four points (50-46) with 13:34 to go.
The game was decided in the final minutes of play. Down 65-62, Kathan made it a three point game (65-62) with a jumper with 1:19 to play. He had a chance to tie the game in the Owls' next possession, but his three-pointer hit off the rim.
Following missed baskets by the Owls, Strawson and sophomore forward Matthew Cavalieri hit key free throws in the closings seconds of the game to give Springfield the win.
Senior forward Nate Anderson finished with 15 points and 12 rebound and D'Amours added 12 points for KSC.
Senior guard Danny White and Cavalieri finished with 10 points each for the Pride. White also added five steals for the Pride.
Springfield also received some solid production from its bench in the game as a pair of freshman really contributed. Hicks notched eight points in 15 minutes of action, while Ryan Coburn tallied three boards and two blocks as he saw time in the Pride’s post.
Springfield returns to action this weekend as it travels to play in the Eastern Connecticut Invitational. The Pride will take on Mitchell on Friday evening at 7:30 pm.