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Men's Basketball Cruises By Bridgewater State in Hampton Inn/West Springfield Naismith Classic

Men's Basketball Cruises By Bridgewater State in Hampton Inn/West Springfield Naismith Classic

Springfield, Mass. - January 3, 2020 - The Springfield College men's basketball team eased past Bridgewater State, 77-45, in the Hampton Inn/West Springfield Naismith Classic on Friday afternoon in Blake Arena. 

The Pride improved to 9-1 with the victory, and Springfield, which is receiving votes in the latest National Poll, is off to its best start since the 1997-98 squad won the first nine games of their season.  The loss dropped Bridgewater State to 2-9 on the year. 

Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) paced the Pride with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) added 20 points, 10 boards, and five assists of his own.  Trey Witter (Unionville, Conn.) was a terrific spark off the bench, delivering eight points, including seven in the first half, and chipped in four assists.  Springfield finished the contest shooting 31-for-69 (45%) and owned a 50-37 cushion on the glass. 

For Bridgewater State, Ryan Carney scored 13 points, Dimitri St. Louis hauled down 13 rebounds to go along with 12 points. As a team, the Bears shot just 18-for-62 (29%) and were outscored in the paint, 42-30.

Playing for the first time since December 13, it was a sluggish offensive start for Springfield.  After Bridgewater State gained an 11-7 lead following a three-point play by Ward at 13:08, the Pride scored 11-straight points, including six by Post to take an 18-11 advantage with 6:58 remaining in the stanza. The Pride's lead grew to 30-13 following back-to-back layups from Deonte Sandifer (Pittsfield, Mass.) with 3:10 on the clock, and Post drilled a pull up jumper in the waning seconds to give Springfield a 38-20 cushion at the break.  

Collin Lindsay (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Ross knocked down consecutive three-pointers just under four minutes into the second half to push the lead to 51-22 and Ross cashed in on a deep jumper with 7:37 left in regulation to make it a 68-32 lead.  The Bears would get no closer than 29 points and Springfield coasted to their ninth win of the season.

Middlebury 91, Colby-Sawyer 80

The Middlebury College men's basketball team powered their way to a 91-80 victory over Colby-Sawyer in the Hampton Inn/West Springfield Naismith Classic on Friday afternoon in Springfield College's Blake Arena.

The Panthers, ranked No. 4 in the latest National Poll, improved to 11-0 on the season and will face Springfield College at 3 pm on Saturday.  Colby-Sawyer slipped to 5-4 and will take on Bridgewater State in the consolation at 1 pm.

Five players scored in double figures for each team, with Middlebury's Jack Farrell scoring a game-high 18 points.  Matt Folger added 11 points, 10 boards, five steals, and four assists for the victors, who shot 36-for-78 for the contest and outscored the Chargers in the paint, 44-22.

For Colby-Sawyer, Dana Bean netted 13 points and hauled in nine boards, while Jake Lorman handed out five assists to go along with 11 points and five boards.  The Chargers were hampered by 20 turnovers in the setback.

After Middlebury netted the first five points of the game, Colby-Sawyer answered with seven-straight to take a two-point edge following a fast-break dunk by Omar Boone at the 17:05 mark.  The Panthers would respond with a 12-3 burst to open up a 17-10 lead after Perry DeLorenzo drilled a trifecta.  Middlebury would push its lead to 27-13 on triple by Max Bosco, only to have 12-4 surge by Colby-Sawyer make it a six-point game with 6:15 on the clock.  Over the next three-plus minutes, the Panthers poured on a 16-6 run, as Farrell drilled the Panthers eighth three-pointer of the frame to boost the lead back to 47-31, but Colby-Sawyer would respond again, pulling within 47-38 heading into the break.

Patrick Coffey got free for a jumper just under three minutes into the second half to make it a 52-45 game in favor of Middlebury, but the Panthers scored eight-straight points, capped off by five-straight points by Griffin Kornaker, which built the lead back to 15 points.  The Panthers would lead by as many as 21 points in the frame, the last coming at 81-60 at the 7:33 mark as they would coast to the victory.

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