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Men's Basketball Topples Clark, 94-76



Springfield, Mass. - January 25, 2014 - The Springfield College men's basketball team cruised to a 94-76 win over Clark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday in Blake Arena. Alex Garstka (Westfield, Mass.) dished out a game-high eight assists to lead Springfield and totaled 13 points.

Robbie Burke (Cheshire, Mass) posted a team-high 16 points for Springfield, which had five players score in double-digit figures. Tim Swenson (Millbury, Mass.) and Nick Sienkiewicz (Cranston, R.I.) each tallied 12 points and Nick McKenna (Danvers, Mass.) added 11 off the bench. Sean Martin (Rindge, N.H.) had seven assists.

Clark's Andrew Musler (Belmont, Mass.) posted a double-double to lead the Cougars with a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds. David Mercier (Milford, Mass.) had nine points while Joseph Atkinson (Milford, Mass) and Nicholas Daprato (Marshfield, Mass.) each added eight.

Springfield improves to 13-4 (4-2, NEWMAC) with the win while Clark drops to 9-8 (0-6, NEWMAC) with the loss.

Springfield held an 11-10 lead when Sienkiewicz hit a three-pointer with 15:35 on the clock to start a 12-2 run for the Pride. Springfield drained 6:02 off the clock in that span, pushing the score to 23-12.

The Pride took a 14-point lead, its biggest of the first half with 7:16 to play when Josh Downes (East Sandwich, Mass.) had baskets on back-to-back possessions to make it a 32-18 game.

After Clark's Jake Gubitose (Fiskdale, Mass.) knocked down a three-pointer to make it an 11 point game with 6:53 left in the first, Simon Kilday (Arlington, Va.) answered right back with a three of his own to bring the score up to 35-21.

Clark game within nine points with under a minute to play in the first on a three-pointer by Musler, but in the final seconds, McKenna drilled a three-pointer for the Pride, taking a 44-32 lead into halftime.

Sienkiewicz opened up the second half with a pair of three's to make it a 16-point game for the Pride, then Garstka set up Swenson for an alley-oop dunk 4:07 into the half to take a 58-38 lead. On the other end of the floor, Swenson brought the fans to their feet with a big block.

The Pride led by as much as 26 points in the game, when Swenson put down another dunk with 13:51 to go, making it a 64-38 game. Clark cut the lead down to just 15 as Mercier and Tyler Huffman (West Hartford, Conn.) each hit big three-pointers with under 10 minutes to play, but Springfield wouldn't let the Cougars get much closer, maintaining the big lead down the stretch.

Clark's Ryan Early (Centerville, Mass.) and Matthew Woods (Arlington, Mass.) hit back-to-back to cut the lead to 14, but with just 1:13 left on the clock, it was too late for the Cougars to make a late charge.

Springfield shot 33-of-59 (55.9%) from the field while Clark was just 22-of-65 (33.8%). The Cougars were nearly perfect from the foul line, finishing the day 23-of-25 (92%) while Springfield was 20-of-32 (62.5%).

Springfield is on the road on Wednesday, taking on Emerson for a 5:30 p.m. start. Clark will host Babson on Wednesday at 7:00.

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