Wentworth Holds Off Clark in Holiday Classic Showdown

Wentworth Holds Off Clark in Holiday Classic Showdown

THE BASICS

-Score: Wentworth 78, Clark University 67

-Records: Clark (4-7), Wentworth (3-8)

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

-The Lead: The Clark University men's basketball team dropped to the Leopards of the Wentworth Institute of Technology in their final game of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic on Sunday morning. For their performances throughout the weekend, Clark first year Antonio Lapeyrolerie (Plano, Texas) and junior Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) were named to the 2018 Clark Basketball Holiday All-Classic Team. Wentworth junior Stephen Azums (Hyde Park, Mass.) and sophomore Kyle Henseler (Coventry, R.I.) were named to the All-Classic Team for the Leopards.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-Wentworth took an early seven point lead when senior Zach Bergeon (Litchfield, N.H.) knocked down a three-pointer at the 16:02 mark (10-3). Clark used four points from sophomore Matthew Waggett (Saugus, Mass.) and a three-pointer from first year Joel Arteaga (Wyncote, Penn.) to tie the game at 10-10 with 13:46 on the clock. Clark continued the run with a jumper and a layup from Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) and a drive to the basket from freshman Sean Christy (Cumberland, R.I.) to pull ahead by four with just under 11 minutes to play. The hosts extended their lead to eight with a three-pointer from sophomore Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) at the 4:48 mark (28-20) before the Leopards closed the half on an 8-1 run to take a 35-32 advantage into the halftime break.

-Henseler led Wentworth in scoring through the first 20 minutes with 13 points including a 6-for-7 performance at the free-throw line.

-Lapeyrolerie came off the bench with eight points to lead Clark in the first half.

-Sophomore Gavin Keough (Dunstable, Mass.) hit back-to-back threes to extend Wentworth's lead to eight just over two minutes into the second half (43-36). The Cougars started a run with a pair of baskets from Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) and three made free-throws from Arteaga to close the gap to two at the 15:14 mark (45-43). The Leopards pulled back ahead by as many as 11 points with 9:34 on the clock when first year Noah Bice (Woodacre, Calif.) stepped behind the arc for three (60-49). The Cougars fought back within two again at the 7:16 mark when Gayman started a run with a three-pointer (60-58) but the Leopards never gave up the lead as they went on to take the 78-67 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Azums led all players with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in the victory for Wentworth. Henseler added 17 points and Keough rounded out double-digit scoring for the Leopards with 16 points.

-Arteaga led Clark in scoring with 16 points while Gayman added 13 and Lapeyrolerie put up 10 and a team-high six rebounds.

-Wentworth shot 44.4% from the field while Clark shot 40%. The Cougars edged Wentworth in rebounding, 35-34.

-The Leopards shot an impressive 90.3% from the free-throw line (28-for-31). Clark shot 52.9% from the free-throw line (9-for-17).

-Clark turned the ball over eight times with the Leopards scoring eight points off of them. Clark forced Wentworth to turn the ball over 13 times and converted those into 14 points of their own.

UP NEXT

-Clark travels to Wheaton College on Wednesday, January 2nd for a 7:00 p.m. New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference contest.

-Wentworth is back in action on Thursday, January 3rd when they travel to Roger Williams for a 7:30 p.m. match-up.