Men's Basketball Holds on to Defeat Clark 71-68 in NEWMAC Opener

Men's Basketball Holds on to Defeat Clark 71-68 in NEWMAC Opener

SCORE: Wheaton 71 - Clark 68

RECORDS: Wheaton (10-1, 1-0 NEWMAC) - Clark (4-8, 0-1 NEWMAC)

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College men's basketball team returned to action Wednesday night for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener against the Cougars of Clark University, with the Lyons earning a 71-68 victory in Emerson Gymnasium. With the win, the Lyons improve to 10-1 on the season, while the Cougars fall to 4-8. 
  • David Carbonello led the Lyons with 18 points, which included hitting 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. Seniors Riley Tetreault and Duaka Ekwensi both finished in double-figures, netting 16 points in the win. Tetreault, who posted the games only double-double, also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Coming off the bench, Nick Geremia ended the night with seven points and seven boards. 
  • Sophomore Tyler Davern led the Cougars with a game-high 20 points while pulling down a team-high nine rebounds. Biko Gayman ended the night with 13 points for Clark.  
  • Clark opened the first half aggressively, forcing a Wheaton turnover, which resulted in an Antonio Lapeyrolerie three. The Cougars followed that another Lyon turnover and a made Gayman jumper. Clark continued to push the pace, taking a 10-3 lead in the opening three minutes. Wheaton eventually settled down and responded with a 10-3 run to tie the game at 13-all with 13 minutes remaining. The two sides continued to battle, tying the contest two more times in the half, before Wheaton took the lead for good with a Tetreault jumper with 7:49 remaining in the period. The jumper sparked a 12-0 run from the Lyons, that pushed their lead to 32-20. The Cougars managed to cut the deficit to single digits before the intermission, heading into the locker room trailing 32-27. 
  • Wheaton earned another double-digit lead in the 14th minute of the second half with a Jordan Wiggins put back, that made it a 46-35 contest. Wheaton continued to have a comfortable lead until the final minute and a half of action when Clark began a full-court press, pulling the game to 64-61 on Davern free-throws, which the sophomore followed with a game-tying three-pointer with 1:08 remaining in the contest. Wheaton recaptured the lead moments later with an Ekwensi basket, but Clark continued to pressure in search of the win. Davern nearly tied the game with four seconds remaining, pinging a three off the rim, which was followed by a put-back from Alex Nazaire. Holding onto a slim 69-68 lead, the Lyons managed to push their lead back to three points on back-to-back free-throws from Ekwensi to end the game.  

 THE BASICS:

  • Field Goals: Wheaton 24-55 / Clark 24-63 
  • 3-Point FG: Wheaton 1-9 / Clark 11-32
  • Free Throw: Wheaton 22-29 / Clark 9-10   
  • Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 13 / Clark 20
  • Rebounds: Wheaton 43 / Clark 33 
  • Assists: Wheaton 7 / Clark 13 

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. in Emerson Gymnasium against Springfield. VIDEO / LIVE STATS