Lyons rally to force OT before falling to Roger WIlliams, 70-66

Lyons rally to force OT before falling to Roger WIlliams, 70-66

BRISTOL, R.I. – Freshman Eddie Capstick (Worcester, Mass./Marianapolis Prep) came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points in Wheaton College's 70-66 overtime loss at Roger Williams University Saturday afternoon in non-conference men's basketball action at the Recreation Center Gymnasium.

Senior Anthony Weeks (Fitchburg, Mass./Worcester Academy) and sophomore Will Bayliss (Manchester, N.H./Tilton Academy) each added 13 points for the Lyons, who slipped to 5-4 on the season. The Hawks have now won two in a row to improve to 4-3.

The Hawks knocked down 50.0 percent of their shots (11-of-22) in the first half and led by seven at the break (29-22). Junior Matt Clifford (Norwood, Mass./Norwood) paced the Hawks with 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field. The Lyons received six points each from Capstick and junior Cliften Desravines (Somerville, Mass./Taft School).

Roger Williams extended its lead to 12 midway through the second half on a pair of free throws by freshman Joseph Henry (Medway, Mass./Medway). The Lyons answered with a 13-1 run to tie the game at 48 with six minutes to play. Weeks capped the comeback with a three to tie the game with just over six minutes remaining in the half, and a layup by Capstick gave Wheaton its first lead of the game (52-50) with 4:28 to play.

Leading by three (60-77) with 2.5 seconds on the clock, RWU junior Matt Grossbard (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) found junior James LeCardi (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) open in the corner for the game-tying three-pointer to send the game into overtime.

In the extra session, Wheaton senior Brendan Degnan (Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) opened the scoring with a layup to give the Lyons a two-point edge. The Hawks soon tied the game and took the lead for good (66-64) on a layup by Grossbard. In the final minute of OT, LeCardi knocked down a pair of free throws to stretch the lead to three (69-66), and a turnover by the Lyons on their next possession gave RWU the ball and, ultimately, the win.

The Lyons finished with a 37-34 edge on the glass. Desravines finished with six points and seven boards while Bayliss snared four rebounds and dished out four assists.

Grossbard led all players with 18 points while LeCardi had 15 points and three rebounds. Clifford added 11 points and seven rebounds while Igoe finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

Wheaton returns to action on January 2 when it hosts Vassar at 6 p.m. The Hawks are off until January 2 when they travel to Union.