San Antonio, Texas - December 15, 2017 - The Springfield College men's basketball team was defeated by Southwestern, 89-76, in the Leslie Robinson Memorial Classic on the campus of Trinity University on Friday night.
The setback draws Springfield's record to 4-4 on the season, while the win boosted Southwestern to 3-5.
Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) tallied a game-high 24 points, including 21 points in the first half, and also pulled down six rebounds. Cam Earle (South Hadley, Mass.) scored 11 points off the bench, and Charlie Clay (Southborough, Mass.) produced five points, four assists, and three steals. Springfield finished the game shooting 26-for-58 (44.8%), bolstered by a 16-for-27 (59%) performance in the first half.
Southwestern held a 46-35 edge on the glass, including 15 offensive rebounds, and turned 13 Springfield turnovers into 22 points.
The Pirates methodically built an eight-point cushion to take a 25-17 lead with just under nine minutes on the clock in the first half. However, over the next 4:34, Springfield roared back with a 15-5 surge, led by six points from Earle, to gain a 32-30 edge. After Ross finished in the paint to put Springfield up 41-40 with 1:57 remaining, Southwestern manufactured a 12-2 burst to head into the break with a 52-43 lead. Trinity's bench scored 31 of its 52 first-half points and took advantage of Springfield being whistled for 19 personal fouls, as they went 14-for-21 from the charity stripe.
After Ross hit one of two from the line with 12:30 remaining in regulation to pull Springfield within 62-58, the Pirates put together a 24-2 run to blow open the game and seize a 86-60 lead. Southwestern outscored Springfield 20-6 in the paint in the final 20 minutes of action and eased its way to a 13-point victory.
Springfield will play again in Texas on Saturday when it faces host Trinity at 6 pm EST.