Springfield, Mass. - January 16, 2013 - Alex Berthiaume poured in a game-high 28 points as the Springfield College men's basketball team eased past visiting Wheaton College, 92-51 on Wednesday evening in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup.
Springfield has now won four-straight games to improve to 13-4 and a perfect 4-0 in league play. The Lyons dropped to 6-8, 0-4.
Berthiaume, reigning NEWMAC Player of the Year put on an offensive show in tonight's game, shooting 10-of-13 from the field, including a 6-for-6 performance from downtown in the win. Josh Altman netted 11 points off the bench, and Jordan Rote posted 10 points. Robbie Burke pulled down a game-best eight rebounds, and all told, 13 different players scored in the game for the Pride.
Billy Battaglia hit all five of his field goal attempts, including three from downtown, to lead the visitors with 13 points. Eddie Capstick notched 10 points and six rebounds, while Mike O'Loughlin posted 10 points.
For the game, Springfield shot 54.8% (34-62) from the field, while the Lyons hit 33.9% (19-56) of their shots, including 8-for-23 from beyond the arc. The Pride owned an incredible 40-12 advantage in points in the paint, and turned 21 Wheaton turnovers into 25 points.
Springfield jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the opening 2:12 after Rote found Sean Martin for a fast-break bucket. The Pride's lead grew to 12-0 on another transition basket, this time following a Rote coast-to-coast steal and finish.
The Lyons clawed back into the game thanks to some sloppy play by the Pride and three trifectas, including two from Capstick to make it a 20-14 game with 9:47 to play. After Berthiaume drilled a three to push the lead to nine at the 6:23 mark, Brian Johnson answered with a straightaway triple to bring it back to 25-19.
Over the next 3:44, the Pride erupted on a 13-4 spurt, highlighted by four points each from Altman and Burke, as Springfield's lead ballooned to 38-23. Wheaton closed out the half with the final five points to make it a 38-28 ball game heading into the half.
Springfield finished the first half shooting 50% from the floor, connecting on 15 of its 30 field goal attempts. The Lyons, despite committing 13 turnovers, buried five on nine three-pointers to trail by just 10 after 20 minutes of play.
The Pride pushed its lead to 20 just over five minutes into the second half after Burke hit one of two from the line. Battaglia answered with another three-pointer to bring it within 17, which would prove to be as close as the visitors would get. Wheaton had no answer for Springfield, which shot nearly 60% in the second half and led by as much as 43 following a pair of free throws from Josh Downes at the 2:32 mark.
Springfield's next contest is scheduled for Saturday afternoon when it travels to take on Clark at 1:00 pm.