Springfield, Mass. - November 30, 2010 - Senior Darvis Rankins connected on a three-pointer with .01 seconds remaining to break an 82-all tie as the Springfield College men's basketball team knocked off Keene State, 85-82, on Tuesday evening in non-conference action.
After losing its first three contests of the season, the Pride has now put back-to-back wins together to improved to 2-3 on the season, Tonight's loss is the first blemish on the Owls ledger this season as they drop to 4-1.
Both Rankins and Matt Cavalieri paced the Springfield offense as they each netted 24 points in the win. Ryan Coburn controlled the paint all night, recording 18 points, six boards, and five blocks. Cavalieri pulled down a team-best eight rebounds, while Billy Harkins continued to make his presence felt all over the court, recording eight assists, seven rebounds, six points, and five steals.
The Pride shot the ball extremely well on the night, connecting on 56.1% of its shots (32-57), including going 18-28 (64.3%) in the second half. After not tallying more than 63 points in their first three games, Springfield has now broke the 80-point plateau in its two victories.
A Coburn jumper with 50 seconds remaining put Springfield seemingly in control, up five with the score 82-77. However, the Owls took advantage of two Springfield turnovers and used two-free throws by Geoff Woodberry and a trifecta from Anthony Mariano with six seconds remaining to even the contest.
Out of a timeout by head coach Charlie Brock, Harkins went the length of the floor before finding Rankins all alone, who buried home Springfield's second three-pointer of the game, to propel the visitors to an 85-82 win.
The Owls stayed in the game thanks to deep ball as it netted 13 of its 23 three-point attempts in the game. Mariano led the way for the hosts with 19 points, as he registered four three's. John Boyatsis scored 13 points, while Eric Fazio and Woodberry each recorded 10 points in the loss.
Keene State played catch-up all night as they fell behind 16-6 following a jumper by Rankins, who had 12 first half points for Springfield. KSC rallied behind Boyatsis and Mariano to get back into the game. Boyatsis hit three-point baskets from each corner of the baseline, his second giving KSC its first lead 28-26 at the 5:19 mark. Mariano scored on a put-back to push the Owls’ lead up to seven points (37-30) with three minutes to play in the half. Coburn scored on a rebound in the closing minute to cut the Owls lead to 39-38 at the half. Cavalieri had 14 first half points for the Pride.
KSC followed the same script as the first half, falling behind 51-42 early in the second half after a drive by Rankins. KSC came back to tie the game (55-55) on a turn-around jumper by Rashad Wright. KSC tied the game several times before taking a 71-70 lead with 5:17 to go on a three-point shot by junior Derek D’Amours, who was playing his first game of the season for the Owls.
The Pride will play on Friday evening in the Pioneer Valley Classic, which is hosted at Amherst College. At 8:00 pm on Friday, the Pride will battle local-foe Elms College.