Men's Basketball Falls to Curry in Holiday Classic Opener

Men's Basketball Falls to Curry in Holiday Classic Opener

THE BASICS

-Score: Curry College 76, Clark University 69

-Records: Clark (4-6), Curry (1-10)

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

-The Lead: The Clark University men's basketball team fell to the Colonels of Curry College in the first game of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic on Saturday, December 29th. The game saw 10 lead changes and two ties as the Colonels were able to come out with the 76-69 fnon-conference victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-The Colonels pulled ahead by seven at the 14:15 mark when senior Alex Stein (Mount Olive, N.J.) and sophomore RJ Hadfield (Wwarwick, R.I.) knocked down back-to-back threes and Hadfield capped off a 3-0 rally with a layup (19-12). Another three from Hadfield at the 11:37 mark extended Curry's lead to 25-16 with 11:37 on the clock. Clark took over the lead at the 9:37 mark when sophomore Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) put up six points in just over a minute (26-25). The Cougar's extended their run to a 31-25 lead when junior Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) pulled up for a jumper at the 8:03 mark. Curry finished the first half on a 3-0 run capped off with a drive to the basket from senior Dwayne Boothe (Milwaukee, Wis.) to take a 44-43 lead into the break.

-Curry edged Clark in scoring in the first half 44-3 led by a 14 point effort from Stein. Kittredge put up 16 points in the first 20 minutes.

-Junior Kieran Carroll (Greenwich, Conn.) posted back-to-back layups to extend Curry's lead to five at the start of the second half, 48-43. Clark regained the lead at the 15:34 mark when sophomore Matthew Waggett (Saugus, Mass.) sank two jumpers and senior Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) found his way under the basket for two (49-48). That was the last lead Clark held as the Colonels finished the second half outshooting the Cougars 32-26 to take home the 76-69 final victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Kittredge led Clark in scoring with 18 points while Davern added 11 points and a team high nine rebounds.

-Hadfield led all players with 20 points on the day while Stein added 19 points en route to the victory for Curry.

-Curry shot 47.2 percent from the field while Clark shot 34.8%. The Colonels were 10-for-24 from behind the arc while Clark went 4-for-25. Curry shot 76.2% from the free-throw line while Clark shot 73.9%.

-The Cougars forced Curry to turn the ball over 19 times and scored 21 points off of those turnovers. Clark turned the ball over 15 with Curry scoring nine points off of them.

UP NEXT

-Clark and Curry are both back at the Kneller tomorrow, Sunday, December 30th for the second day of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic. Clark takes on Wentworth to kick off the day at 10:00 a.m. while Curry takes on Worcester State at 4:00 p.m.