-Score: WPI 74, Clark University 60
-Records: Clark (5-12, NEWMAC 1-5), WPI (13-4, NEWMAC 4-2)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
-The Lead: The Clark University men's basketball team suffered a setback to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponent, and Worcester City rival, WPI on Saturday afternoon. Prior to the game the Cougars recognized three seniors for senior day: Denis Tobin (Medway, Mass.), Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.), and Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.).
HOW IT HAPPENED
-WPI pulled ahead by six at the start of the first half with a pair of layups from sophomore Reid Walker (Lithia, Fla.) and one from junior Jake Wisniewksi (West Brookfield, Mass.). Clark pulled within one when sophomore Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.) hit a three pointer at the 12:41 mark (10-9). The Engineers extended their lead back to seven when sophomore Colin McNamara (Arlington, Mass.) added four points from a drive to the hoop and two made free-throws with 7:53 on the clock (22-15). The visitors finished the half on a 7-0 run to take a 37-17 lead heading into the halftime break. Walker led WPI in the first half with 12 points while McNamara followed him with 10 points.
-Clark climbed back within 13 in the second half when Kittredge made two from the free-throw line, Grzembski found his way to the hoop, and Arteaga added two with just under nine minutes to play (56-43). That was as close as they would come though as WPI used nine points off the bench from sophomore Ethan Harrell (Wexford, Penn.) and eight points from McNamara in the second half to capture the 74-60 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Walker led all scorers with 19 points for the Engineers to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and three blocks. McNamara followed his lead with 18 points of his own while Harrell finished the day with 12 points and a team leading eight rebounds.
-Kittredge and Converse led Clark in scoring with nine points each. First year Antonio Lapeyrolerie (Plano, Texas) led all players under the hoop with nine rebounds.
-WPI shot 51.8% from the field while Clark shot 32.8%. The Engineers edged Clark in rebounding 38-35.
-The Cougars shot 73.9% from the free-throw line (17-for-23) while WPI shot 66.7% from the charity stripe (12-for-18).
-Clark is back at home on Wednesday, January 23rd when they host NEWMAC rival MIT at 7:00 p.m.
-WPI hosts Springfield College on the same day at 7:00 p.m.