Norton, Mass. – Wheaton College became the fourth straight team to shoot better than 50 percent from the field against Clark University and the host Lyons led virtually wire-to-wire, besting the Cougars, 87-76, in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Saturday morning.
Score: Wheaton College 87, Clark University 76
Records: Wheaton College 7-6 (2-0 NEWMAC); Clark University 8-5 (0-2 NEWMAC)
Location: Emerson Gymnasium, Norton, Mass.
How It Happened:
Today's matchup with the Cougars proved to be a hot shooting one for the Lyons who connected on season highs in field goal percentage (54 percent) and three-pointers made (10) while topping the 80-point barrier for the fifth time this season.
Clark, meanwhile, struggled from behind the arc for the second straight outing and they have gone a combined 10-for-46 (21 percent) in those two contests.
The early portion of the contest saw Wheaton use a 14-5 run capped by a Riley Tetreault jumper to give them a 23-14 advantage.
Over time the Cougars clawed back and after a Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) three-point play, another Kittredge basket and a Luca McCormick (Bradenton, Fla.) three-pointer, the Scarlet and White were within two at 29-27.
After Wheaton pushed its lead to seven, Clark found itself down by only four when Kittredge converted another three-point play.
Moments later, with the score 37-32 in favor of the Lyons following a John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.) jumper, the Lyons ran off nine of the next ten and their advantage ballooned to 46-33 before a Pisacreta three-pointer sent the teams into intermission at 46-36.
An early second half burst saw the Scarlet and White trim the Lyon advantage down to two at 55-53 after a 15-4 run that featured two three-pointers from Pisacreta, another from Joe Atkinson (Milford, Mass.) and layups from Pisacreta, Lamar Berk (Saint Augustine, Fla.) and David Mercier (Milford, Mass.).
The Cougars eventually surged ahead with just under ten minutes to play when Mercier knocked down a jumper, giving Clark a 65-64 edge.
That lead was short-lived, however, as Wheaton immediately embarked on a 10-2 run highlighted by a pair of Nick Geremina (North Providence, R.I.) layups.
Clark did get as close as five with less than five minutes to play but a huge three-pointer from Timothy Berry (Sterling, Mass.) moments later helped seal the win for the Lyons.
Inside The Box Score:
- Wheaton got a strong performance from its bench, as its reserves outscored Clark's substitutes, 29-18.
- The Lyons also committed just five turnovers and had 19 assists attached to their 32 baskets.
- Seven different student-athletes hit a three-pointer for Wheaton, including all five of their starters.
For The Foes:
- David Carbonello (Windham, N.H.) led the Lyons with 19 points and four rebounds on 7-for-13 shooting.
- Quinton Dale (Winthrop, Mass.) just missed out on his ninth double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds to go along with a team-best six assists.
- Pisacreta finished with a career-best 21 points on 8-for-18 shooting.
- Kittredge came off the bench to score 12 of his 16 points in the first half before fouling out in the waning moments.
- Atkinson, one of the league's best rebounders despite playing as a guard, recorded his team-leading fifth double with 13 points and ten rebounds.
- McCormick chipped in ten points, while Mercier added eight points and six rebounds.
Clark will look to snap its current three-game losing streak when it visits Emerson College on Wednesday.