Bristol, R.I. - November 20, 2010 - Despite a 19-point, seven-rebound performance from All-Tournament selection Matt Cavalieri, the Springfield College men's basketball team dropped its third-straight game on Saturday afternoon by a 72-63 count against Medgar Evers in the Roger Williams Invitational.
Springfield will look to win its first game of the season on Monday afternoon when it takes on Lyndon State at 4:00 pm at the MassMutual Center in the 2010 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip Off.
Darvis Rankins posted 15 points, while Ryan Coburn notched 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and three blocks. Billy Harkins delivered a team-best five assists to go along with four steals.
Four players scored in double figures for Medgar Evers, including 16 for James Gilmore, 15 for all-tournament Cougar Robert Johnson, 13 for Marlon McGlashin, and 10 for Jovan Deare.
The Pride had a much stronger start to the game as it opened up an eight-point advantage after a Ben Fox lay-up made it 16-8 with just over 11 minutes left in the opening half. However, Medgar Evers responded with a 20-10 run to snag a 28-26 advantage after a McGlashin jumper in the paint with 2:10 on the clock. The teams would eventually head into the half even at 30 apiece.
The Pride led the entire second half until Gilmore buried a three-ball with 5:57 left in regulation to give Medgar Evers a 59-57 lead. A pair of Cavalieri free throws would tie the game at 59 before before Springfield surrendered a 13-4 run to close out the game as it fell to 0-3 on the year.
Despite committing 25 turnovers, Medgar Evers capitalized on a strong shooting day, going 25-of-43 from the field for a 58.1 percent clip, including a 13-of-20 (.650) performance in the first half. Conversely, Springfield only shot 38.4 percent from the field, while the Cougars’ bench outscored the Pride’s reserves 24-8.