Jan 10, 2018
DANBURY, CT – Junior guard Tyler Rowe (East Hartford, CT) tallied a team-high 15 points, while classmates Chaunce Dunbar (Windsor, CT), Jordan Grant (Norwich, CT) and rookie Legend Johnson (Waterbury, CT) chipped in with nine points apiece as the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team fell to visiting Little East Conference nemesis Keene State College, 88-67, on Wednesday night at the O'Neill Center's Feldman Arena. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 6-7 overall and 3-1 in league play, while the Owls improved to 10-4 and 4-0.
Freshman center James Anozie (Poughkeepsie, NY) paced Keene State with a double-double on game-highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Classmate guard Miguel Prieto (Providence, RI) added 17 points and a game-high five assists, while junior forward Ty Nichols (Springfield, MA)finished with 14 points and four dimes.
The visitors shot a scorching 60.3% (35-for-58) from the field for the contest, while the hosts finished at just 38.2% (26-for-68). The Owls were also able to knock down five three-pointers while holding the Colonials scoreless from beyond the arc. Keene also maintained a 44-32 advantage off the glass.
WestConn erupted for an early 10-5 lead capped with a pair of free throws from junior forward Rashard Rodriguez (Trumbull, CT). However, the Owls broke the game open with a 19-10 run midway through the first half, seizing a 45-32 advantage when rookie guard Sidi Diallo (Lowell, MA)scurried in for a layup.
It was much of the same in the second half as the Owls widened the gap to 74-47 midway through and coasted the rest of the way to remain undefeated in conference play.
"They simply outplayed us tonight. They got ahead of us and went for the kill," said WestConn head coach Jason Harlow following the loss. "We need to learn to do the same thing when we get ahead of teams," he added.
The Colonials return to action for yet another league tilt when they host UMass-Boston on Saturday on Alumni Day.