NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's basketball team is 2-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action for the first time since the 2013-14 season after defeating visiting Clark University, 87-76, Saturday afternoon.
The Lyons (7-6; 2-0 NEWMAC) were paced by 19 points from sophomore David Carbonello. The guard ended the game 7-of-13 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line. Ryan Fogarty, Quinton Dale and Timothy Berry also finished the game in double-figures with Fogarty knocking down 14, Dale 12 and Berry 10 points respectively. Dale led the Lyons with nine rebounds and three blocks.
The Cougars (8-5; 0-2 NEWMAC) John Pisareta led all players with 21 points, finishing 8-for-18 from the floor, including 4-of-10 from long distance. Joe Atkinson earned the games only double-double, netting 13 points and pulling down 10 boards. Brendan Kittredge scored 16 points off the bench for Clark, while Luca McCormick chipped in 10 points.
Wheaton opened the scoring with a three-pointer from Duaka Ekwensi, but the Cougars countered with free-throws by Lamar Berk and a quick layup from Atkinson to take their largest lead of the game. The Lyons quickly countered with a long range basket from Fogarty. Clark took the lead just once more in the half with a three from Psareta with 15:31 remaining in the period. Wheaton captured its largest lead of the game with under a minute remaining when first-year Alex DuBrow slipped past four Clark defenders to lay one in.
Trailing 46-36 to start the second half, Clark used a 21-12 run that lasted nearly seven minutes to pull within a point. Fogarty extended the Wheaton lead to three moments later with a quick jumper. David Mercier temporarily earned the lead back from the Cougars with 9:47 left to play with an unassisted jumper. That would be the last lead the Cougars would hold with senior Zach Parsons earning the lead back for Wheaton just 20 seconds later.
Wheaton ended the game shooting 54.2% (32-59) from the floor to Clark's 47.5% (29-61). The Lyons were also better from three-point range and the charity stripe, shooting 45.5% (10-22) from long distance and 76.5% (13-17) from the free-throw line. The Courgars ended the contest 6-of-24 (25.0%) from three-point range and 12-of-20 (60.0%) from the free-throw line.
Clark held a 36-32 advantage in rebounds, but turned over the ball eight times compared to five turnovers by the Lyons. Wheaton's bench contributed 29 of the teams 87 points and the Lyons finished with 38 points in the paint.
Wheaton returns to NEWMAC action on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. against Springfield College in Emerson Gymnasium.