Keene, N.H. - November 25, 2014 - The Springfield College men's basketball team lost for the first time this season after a 100-72 setback at Keene State in non-conference action on Tuesday night.
Springfield, which cracked the D3Hoops.com national rankings this morning at No. 25, dropped to 4-1 on the season, while Keene State improved to 6-0.
Sean Martin (Rindge, N.H.) scored a team-best 14 points to go along with three steals and three assists, Josh Altman (Rockport, Mass.) added 13 points, and Larry Piretra (Oakland, N.J.) pulled down nine boards
The Owls shot a sizzling 57.8% from the field for the game, including 64% in the second half, and 10-for-19 from three point range. KSC also outrebounded the Pride 41-26 and forced 17 turnovers.
Tom Doyle was one of five Owls in double-digits, netting a career-high 33 points in the win. Nate Howard added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Nick Gagliolo had 12, Dizel Wright 11, and Nate Stitchell 10.
Keene State opened up an early14-8 lead on Jaquel Edwards' jumper with 15:17 left in the first half, but the Pride drew within three on a triple from Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.). A 6-1 run over the next three minutes, capped by Stitchell's layup with 11:36 on the clock made it 20-12, and one of five threes on the night from Doyle extended the lead to 29-17 with 7:22 to go in the half.
Springfield came back into the game, courtesy of an 11-4 burst, as Nick Sienkiewicz (Cranston, R.I.) stepped into a three on the right wing with 4:31 to go to make it 31-28. KSC responded with a 12-1 run to close the half, as Doyle converted a three point play with 40 seconds remaining and Stitchell gave the Owls a 43-29 lead at the break when his heave from beyond half-court banked in at the buzzer.
In the second half, it was all Owls, as Doyle opened the half by scoring KSC's first 11 points to open up a 54-36 lead. KSC went up 62-40 on a three from Gagliolo with 14:17 on the clock, and Gagliolo nailed another three with 39 seconds left to give the Owls their biggest lead at 100-70.
The Pride will play again next Wednesday when it travels to play Trinity for a 7:00 pm showdown.