Strong First Half Leads Men's Basketball to Second Straight Win

Strong First Half Leads Men's Basketball to Second Straight Win

SCORE: Wheaton 79 - Emmanuel 68

RECORDS: Wheaton (2-0, 0-0 NEWMAC) - Emmanuel (0-2)

LOCATION: Boston, Mass. (Andy Yosinoff Court)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College men's basketball team took to the road for the first time this season, traveling to Emmanuel (Mass.) for a non-conference contest Tuesday night. The Lyons used a strong first-half performance to propel themselves to a 79-68 victory, picking up their second straight win. 
  • Wheaton was led by a game-high 19 points from senior Duaka Ekwensi and junior Alex DuBrow. The 19 points is also a career-high for DuBrow, who finished 5-for-6 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from three-point range, while also hitting six of his seven attempts from the free-throw line. Ekwensi was equally impressive from the charity stripe, draining 6-of-8 while finishing 6-of-10 from the floor. 
  • Riley Tetreault also finished in double-figures, scoring 17 points in the win, while David Carbonello contributed 11. Tetreault also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. 
  • Emmanuel was led by 17 points from Zachary Crisafulli, while Isaiah Ruffen knocked down 13 points for the Saints. Ruffen led all players with 10 rebounds. 
  • Wheaton struggled to get going in the opening half, falling behind 14-2 in the opening four minutes. Trailing 23-9 with 13:36 remaining until halftime, Wheaton began to slowly chip away at the deficit starting with back-to-back Ekwensi free-throws. DuBrow pulled the Lyons even at 30-30 after making a free-throw, which followed a made layup and Saint foul. Wheaton took its first lead of the game moments later on a Carbonello layup with a dish from DuBrow. Wheaton kept up the pace, only allowing the Saints four points the rest of the way, heading into halftime with a 46-34 advantage. 
  • Emmanuel started the second half strong, but the Lyons shut down the Saint momentum behind back-to-back-to-back Tetreault shots, which included two three-pointers, extending the lead to 58-39. The Saints tried to pull back within single digits, coming within seven points with under two minutes to go, but Wheaton was able to knock down some late shots to take the game 79-68.

 THE BASICS:

  • Field Goals: Wheaton 27-44 / Emmanuel 25-65 
  • 3-Point FG: Wheaton 8-12 / Emmanuel 9-28
  • Free Throw: Wheaton 17-25 / Emmanuel 9-10  
  • Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 17 / Emmanuel 14
  • Rebounds: Wheaton 25 / Emmanuel 35
  • Assists: Wheaton 11 / Emmanuel 16

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to action on Friday, Nov. 16 at Drew for a 6 p.m. contest.