Three Score in Double-Digits; Men's Basketball Falls to WPI 71-58

Three Score in Double-Digits; Men's Basketball Falls to WPI 71-58
SCORE: Wheaton 58 - WPI 71
 
RECORDS: Wheaton (10-8, 1-7 NEWMAC) - WPI (9-11, 5-6 NEWMAC)
 
LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)
 
THE RUNDOWN:  
  • The Wheaton College men's basketball team had three players, Niles CohenDavid Carbonello, and Duaka Ekwensi all finish in double-figures scoring, but it was not enough to lift the Lyons over visiting WPI, who picked up a 71-58 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory. With the win, the Engineers sweep the 2018-19 series.  
  • Carbonello finished with a game-high 20 points in the loss, hitting 7-of-15 from the floor while pulling down seven rebounds and coming up with one steal. Ekwensi netted 12 points while pulling down eight boards and Cohen contributed 10 points in the loss. Robby Lowey led all players with 10 rebounds, seven of which came on the defensive side of the ball. 
  • Colin McNamara led the Engineers with a team-high 16 points on a 6-for-11 performance and 4-for-6 performance from the free-throw line. Jake Needleman and Ethan Harrell each chipped in 12 points in the win, with Harrell leading WPI with nine boards. 
  • The game got off to a slow start with the two sides trading turnovers and fouls before Jack Wisniewski put the Engineers on the board with a jumper a minute in. Lowey countered with a layup moments later to knot the game at 2-2. It would take over a minute before either side would manage to score again. After breaking the deadlock, the Lyons took what would prove to be their largest lead of the game at the 15:10 mark with another Lowey layup that made it a 9-7 contest. Harrell locked the game at 9-9 with 12:39 remaining in the half, before hitting a three-pointer seconds later handing the Engineers the lead for good. Wheaton ended its scoring drought with 8:02 remaining in the first half with a Carbonello jump shot that pulled the Lyons back within single-digits. The two sides would trade baskets the rest of the way with the Engineers finding a way to keep the Lyons at a safe, double-digit, disadvantage at the intermission (41-29).
  • Logan O'Donnell and McNamara hit the first three shots of the second half, pushing the Engineer lead 47-29 with 18:46 to play. Both offenses dried up again, this time with over two minutes passing before the ball would find its way into the hoop. The Engineers pushed their lead to twenty-plus points on an O'Donnell untraditional three-point play. WPI would hold that advantage for the majority of the contest, earning its largest lead with 13:16 to play on a Needleman three that made it a 57-31 contest. Wheaton cut the deficit to 64-50 on an Ekwensi free-throw with 5:14 remaining. Jordan Wiggins pulled Wheaton within 12 points, 70-58, in the final minute of the game, but WPI would hit one more free-throw to end the contest 71-58. 

THE BASICS:

  • Field Goals: Wheaton 17-49 / WPI 25-59
  • 3-Point FG: Wheaton 8-27 / WPI 7-29
  • Free Throw: Wheaton 16-20 / WPI 14-18
  • Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 12 / WPI 20
  • Rebounds: Wheaton 35 / WPI 35
  • Assists: Wheaton 6 / WPI 14

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to NEWMAC action on Wednesday night with a 7:30 p.m. contest at Emerson. VIDEO / LIVE STATS