Engineers Scoot by Clark in NEWMAC Face-Off

Engineers Scoot by Clark in NEWMAC Face-Off

THE BASICS

-Score: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) 82, Clark University 74

-Records: Clark (3-17, NEWMAC 0-9), WPI (12-8, NEWMAC 6-3)

-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)

-The Lead: The Engineers of WPI outlasted the Clark University men's basketball team in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action that was aired live on CharterTV3 on Tuesday evening.  Sophomore Lou Doherty (Arlington, MA) scored a career-high 11 points in nine minutes off the bench in the first half while senior Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA) and sophomore Jake Wisniewski (West Brookfield, MA) totaled 33 points to lead WPI to victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half

-The game was tightly contested with six lead changes and a pair of ties while neither team led by a bunch until Doherty canned a 3-pointer at 11:52 to begin an Engineer 17-3 run that resulted in a 30-19 lead, and a Clark timeout, with 7:09 left in the first.

-WPI continued widen the margin before junior Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) and freshman Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) scored on consecutive possessions to make it a 15-point game at 5:16. The combination of Converse and freshman Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) each hit a layup with less than a minute until the break to get the hosts within 11.

Second Half

-Clark freshman Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.) drained a long 3-pointer at 16:43 to cut the deficit to nine; however Engineer rookie Jake Needleman (Morganville, NJ) countered with a triple of his own forcing another Cougar timeout. It then remained a double digit contest until Gayman fed Converse for an open jumper at 14:20. Senior John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.) and Gayman each converted a traditional three-point play to get Clark within four. Two more by Gayman made it a 58-56 game with 12:26 to play.

-Wisniewski then pushed the advantage back to seven with a hoop and a harm at 11:55, and eventually, followed up with a layup at 11:03. Clark was as close as three with 8:59 on the scoreboard only to see WPI go back up by a dozen. Grzembski cut the guests advantage to seven with another long triple at 2:38. Rodgers all but iced the game with a jumper with seconds left on the shot clock in the final minute. Needleman knocked down a pair of freebies before and after Grzembski nailed yet another three with 13.1 on the board. WPI claimed the ultimate 82-74 NEWMAC victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Gayman led the Cougars with 23 points to go along with a game high seven assists. Grzembski chipped in with 15 points including a 5-for-7 performance from behind the arc.

-Rogers led the Engineers with 17 points while Wisniewski added 16 points and Walker chipped in with 11 points and a game high nine rebounds.

-WPI shot 51.6% from the floor and Clark shot 48.3% from the floor on a 26-for-60 effort.

-Both teams hit 10 free-throws and WPI outrebounded Clark 38-28.

-Clark forced WPI to turn the ball over 16 times and converted those into 18 points.

-WPI's bench chipped in with 28 points in the victory.

UP NEXT

-The Engineers host Coast Guard Saturday at 1:00 p.m. while the Cougars travel to Babson for a 3:00 p.m. NEWMAC contest.

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