Parsons turns in seven points, seven boards
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's basketball team fell to Salve Regina University, 74-58, in non-conference action on Thursday night inside Emerson Gymnasium.
Wheaton freshman guard Agyei Gregory (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands/St. Andrews) poured in a team-high 15 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist. Classmate Zach Parsons (Belchertown, Mass./Belchertown) tallied seven points and seven rebounds (three offensive), while sophomore guard Billy Battaglia (Simsbury, Conn./Taft School) had nine points and junior forward Eddie Capstick (Worcester, Mass./Marianapolis Prep) notched eight points and dished out four assists.
Salve Regina had three student-athletes register double-figures highlighted by sophomore guard Barrett Hanlon's (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal. Senior guard Patrick Dinneen (Medfield, Mass./Xaverian Borthers) led all scorers with 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field (6-of-9 from the line) alongside four rebounds and three swipes. Classmate Jeff Bielefeld (Littleton, Mass./Littleton) rounded out the group with 11 points, ten rebounds and three assists.
The Seahawks held a 37-28 edge in rebounds and a 40-24 differential in points in the paint including a 22-14 margin in the opening stanza. Salve Regina shot 51.9-percent (28-for-54) from the floor, compiled 14 assists and nine steals. Wheaton shot nearly 42-percent (23-for-55) from the floor, had 14 assists and seven steals.
The Lyons led by as many as six at the 14:41 mark of the first half as Gregory paced the squad with five points including a one-handed fastbreak dunk at 15:35. Capstick concluded the run with a three-pointer on a feed from Gregory. Salve Regina answered back with a 10-4 run of its own to even the score at 18-18 with 12:01 remaining in the first half. Bielefeld gave the visitors the lead for good at the 11:34 mark with a layup on an assist by senior forward Scott St. Lawrence (Litchfield, N.H./Bishop Guertin).
Wheaton made it a two-possession contest on four separate occasions before the break, but went into the locker room down 39-32. After Dinneen buried a three-pointer to push the Seahawks lead to 48-37 with 16:47 remaining in the game, Salve Regina did not relinquish its double-digit advantage for the remainder of the contest. The Seahawks led by as many as 21 points (72-51) with 5:36 to play. Dinneen guided the offense with 12 points in the stanza shooting 4-for-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from long distance. Hanlon had eight points, while senior forward Joshua Hohlfelder (Noank, Conn./Fitch) contributed seven points and three rebounds.
The Lyons (1-2) travel to Regis College on Saturday for a non-conference matchup at 1 p.m. Salve Regina (3-0) visits Coast Guard Academy on Tuesday, November 26 at 5 :30 p.m.