NORTON, Mass. - Sophomore David Carbonello netted a career-high 22 points as the Wheaton College men's basketball team opened the 2016-2017 campaign with a 70-59 win over visiting Dean College Tuesday night in Emerson Gymnasium.
Carbonello opened with the game's first basket, hitting a long-range three, but the Bulldogs fired back with a three-pointer of their own. Dean pushed the pace in the opening frame, capturing a 15-13 lead on a three by Steve Tankou at the 11:34 mark. The Bulldogs would hold the lead for the remainder of the half, while Wheaton experienced a four minute scoring drought. Carbonella ended the scoreless streak with a layup with 2:08 on the clock, which was followed by layups by Liam Bruno to end the half.
Sophomore Duaka Ekwensi opened the second frame with a layup to pull the Lyons within a point of their competitor. Wheaton continued to chip away at the deficit, eventually erasing it with a three-pointer from Bruno with 12 minutes remaining in the contest. The lead would stick for Wheaton with the team capturing its largest lead of the contest, 70-57, with just 12 seconds remaining.
Carbonello ended the game 7-15 from the floor and 8-10 from the free-throw line. Bruno contributed 18 of the Lyons 31 points from the bench, ending the contest 7-13 from the field, including 2-3 from long distance. Senior Quinton Dale picked up Wheaton's only double-double of the game with 11 points and a team-high 17 rebounds to go with a game-high four blocks.
Naquwan Solomon led the Bulldogs with 16 points and a game-high 18 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Dayvon Russell also knocked down double-digit points for Dean, scoring 15 on a 5-15 night from the floor (2-6 three-point) and 3-4 from the charity stripe.
The Lyons return to action on Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. for the Herb Kenny Tip Off Tournament (Wesleyan University) when they take on Western New England in the opening game.