Springfield, Mass. - February 6, 2019 - The Springfield College men's basketball team shot nearly 60% from the field in a 94-68 win over Wheaton in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) battle in Blake Arena on Wednesday night.
The Pride picked up a critical conference win as it improved to 5-18, 5-6, while the Lyons dropped to 11-10, 2-9.
Springfield connected on 38-of-65 field goal attempts (58.5%) and 13-of-27 from beyond the arc (48%), including an outstanding 22-for-35 (63%) shooting performance in the second half. Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) tied a career-high with 25 points as he shot 12-of-17 from the field to go along with nine boards, while classmate Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) delivered 17 points, 11 boards, and seven assists. Springfield owned a 40-23 edge on the glass and turned 12 offensive boards into 19 second-chance points.
For the visitors, four players scored in double figures, with David Carbonello registering 18 points and four assists. Both Matt Allegrezza and Riley Tetreault scored 12 points, and Duaka Ekwensi chipped in 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three blocks as Wheaton shot 41% from the floor (23-56) in the contest.
Both teams shot the ball well in the early going, as Kevin Durkin (Worcester, Mass.) and Carbonello traded inside buckets with just over 11 minutes to play to give Springfield an 18-16 edge. However, over the next two-plus minutes, the Pride would rattle off seven-straight points, capped off by a corner three from Daryl Costa (Providence, R.I.) to earn a 25-16 advantage. The hosts would push their lead to 36-23 on another trifecta from Post with 2:15 on the clock, and would go into the break with a 38-26 lead. Post and Ross combined for 26 points and 12 boards, nearly matching Wheaton's team output in both first-half categories.
A three-point play by Ekwensi with 15:41 left in regulation pulled the Lyons within 48-41, only to have Springfield erupt on a 22-8 surge over the next six minutes to grab a hold of a 70-49 cushion. The Pride drilled four buckets from downtown in the stretch, including a pair by Collin Lindsay (East Longmeadow, Mass.), and the Lyons would get no closer than 15 points and Springfield pulled away for the 26-point victory.
Springfield will now prepare for a showdown with nationally-ranked MIT which will take place in Blake on Saturday at 12 pm.