Norton, Mass. - January 18, 2012 - The Springfield College men's basketball team shot 58.6% from the floor and Alex Berthiaume poured in 24 points as the Pride dispatched Wheaton College, 85-59, on Wednesday night in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Emerson Gymnasium.
Anthony Weeks and Brendan Degnan combined to score 30 points in the loss for the Lyons (8-7, 2-2 NEWMAC), who shot just 31.8 percent from the field (21-of-66).
The Pride (11-5, 3-1 NEWMAC) shot 50.0 percent in the first half but only led by three at the break (37-34) as Wheaton connected on five three-point field goals. Weeks scored seven points in the opening 5:54 of the contest to give the Lyons a 12-7 lead. Following a Springfield timeout, the Pride went on a 10-5 run and grabbed the lead at 17-16.
The two teams traded the lead a total of eight times in the first half, with Wheaton opening up a three-point advantage on a layup by freshman Eddie Capstick with 5:03 on the clock. Sparked by five-straight points from sophomore Sean Martin, Springfield grabbed a 28-26 lead before six points from Degnan gave Wheaton a two-point advantage. Ninety seconds later, Berthiaume drained a three-pointer to give Springfield the lead going to the locker room.
The contest remained tight through the first 10 minutes of the second half. A layup by Weeks with 16:42 on the clock tied the game at 41, but Berthiaume answered with a layup that gave the Pride the lead for good at 43-41. Junior Scott Faucher knocked down a three-pointer to cut the Wheaton deficit to one (49-48) with 12 minutes remaining before the Pride closed the game on a 36-11 run.
The Pride dominated the glass, holding a 46-30 edge in rebounding, and turned 13 Wheaton turnovers into 25 points. They scored 54 of their 89 points in the paint and sank 15 of their 17 free throw attempts (88.2 pct.). Sophomore Robbie Burke posted a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds while Martin tallied 11 points, four rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists.
For Wheaton, sophomore Will Bayliss finished with nine points, four rebounds and two assists while senior Shawn Daily registered seven points, six rebounds, and two blocks.