-Score: Wheaton College 71, Clark University 68
-Records: Clark (4-8, NEWMAC 0-1), Wheaton (10-1, NEWMAC 1-0)
-Location: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)
-The Lead: The Clark University men's basketball team suffered a setback to the Lyons of Wheaton College on the road in their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener on Wednesday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Clark led by as many as seven points early in the first half when first year Antonio Lapeyrolerie (Plano, Texas) hit two three-pointers to give them a 10-3 advantage with just under 17 minutes on the clock. The Lyons were able to tie it up at 13-13 at the 13 minute mark. The first half saw two more ties and three lead changes before Wheaton took a 32-27 advantage into the halftime break.
-The Lyons led by as many as 12 points in the first half with senior David Carbonello (Windham, N.H.) leading the way with 10 points and three steals over the first 20 minutes.
-Wheaton took their largest lead of the game when senior Riley Tetreault (Walpole, Mass.) knocked down a three-pointer with 11:26 remaining in the second half, 49-35. The Cougars fought to tie the game back up with just 1:08 remaining when sophomore Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) put up eight points in under a minute, 64-64. The Lyons never let the Cougars regain a lead as they held on for the 71-68 victory.
-Davern led all players with 17 points for the Cougars in the second half. Tetreault led the Lyons in the second half with 12 points.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Davern finished the night with a game-high 20 points to go along with nine rebounds, three blocks, and three steals. Sophomore Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) added 13 points for Clark including a 3-for-4 performance from beyond the arc.
-Carbonello finished with 18 points playing all 40 minutes of the game for Wheaton. Tetreault added 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the victory. Senior Duaka Ekwensi (Morris Plains, N.J.) rounded out double-digit scoring for the hosts with 16 points of his own.
-Wheaton shot 43.6% from the field while Clark shot 38.1%. The Cougars posted 34.4% shooting from three-point range while the Lyons shot 11.1%.
-Clark shot an impressive 90% from the free-throw line (9-for-10) while Wheaton shot 75.9% (22-for-29).
-The hosts outrebounded Clark 43-33.
-Clark forced Wheaton to turn the ball over 16 times and turned those into 20 points of their own.
-Clark travels to Emerson College on Saturday, January 5th for a NEWMAC contest at 1:00 p.m.
-Wheaton returns to NEWMAC action on Saturday, January 5th when they host Springfield College at 1:00 p.m.