SCORE: Wheaton 81 - Wentworth 68
RECORDS: Wheaton (1-0, 0-0 NEWMAC) - Wentworth (0-1, 0-0 CCC)
LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)
- The Wheaton College men's basketball team opened the 2018-19 campaign with an 81-68 win over Wentworth Institute of Technology Saturday afternoon in Emerson Gymnasium.
- Sophomore Ricardo Ripley led Wheaton with a team-high 17 points after finishing 5-for-6 from the floor, which included a 3-for-4 performance from three-point range. The guard also knocked down all four of his free-throw attempts.
- Senior Duaka Ekwensi ended the contest with 16 points, while David Carbonello finished one point shy of double figures with nine.
- Junior Alex DuBrow ended the game with a game-high 10 assists, while Ekwensi led all players with three blocks.
- Stephen Azums led the Leopards with 18 points on an 8-for-11 performance, while Zach Bergeon finished with 13 points, Kyle Henseler 12, and Matt Melahunt 11.
- The visitors raced out to a 7-2 advantage before a three-pointer from Carbonello and a Ripley layup tied the contest for the first time with 16:07 remaining in the half. The game saw the scored tied six times with all six of those occurrences coming in the first half of action. Wheaton took its first lead on an Ekwensi free-throw, but the lead was shortlived with the Leopards tying the half moments later on a good free-throw of their own. The two sides flip-flopped possession of the lead several more times before Wheaton finally captured it for good with half a minute remaining until halftime on back-to-back Ripley free-throws. Wheaton extended its lead to 40-35 right before the half on a Robby Lowey layup.
- Wheaton never trailed in the second half, only allowing Wentworth as close as two points once. Wheaton took its first double-digit lead with 4:43 to go on a Riley Tetreault three-pointer, before capturing its largest lead just minutes later on Carbonello free-throws that made it a 76-60 contest. Wentworth only allowed Wheaton six more points in the final three minutes of action, but would never be able to cut the deficit to single digits.
- Field Goals: Wheaton 28-52 / Wentworth 24-53
- 3-Point FG: Wheaton 6-18 / Wentworth 10-24
- Free Throw: Wheaton 19-26 / Wentworth 10-15
- Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 16 / Wentworth 10
- Rebounds: Wheaton 29 / Wentworth 28
- Assists: Wheaton 17 / Wentworth 16
UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 13 for a 7 p.m. contest at Emmanuel (Mass.).