Salem, Mass. - November 17, 2009 - Ryan Blackmon poured in a career-best 30 points, while Pat Crean became the 26th player in program history to score 1,000 points as the Springfield College men's basketball team picked up a big 74-63 win at Salem State on Tuesday evening.
Blackmon scored 17 points in the first half as Springfield College (1-1) built a 41-29 lead at intermission. The senior connected on 10 of his 20 shots from the field, as he nailed six of 14 attempts from downtown.
Crean finished the game with 13 points as he reached the career milestone. Entering the contest, Crean needed just four points for the milestone, and despite battling foul trouble throughout the game, became the 26th player in the storied history of the Springfield program to net 1,000 points.
Matt Cavalieri had 12 of his 16 points in the opening 20 minutes of play as the Pride shot nearly 50 percent from the field. Cavalieri added seven boards and four assists as well for the Pride, while Ryan Coburn added six points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.
Brian Clark led Salem State (0-1) with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting in twenty-seven minutes of action. The Vikings out rebounded the Pride 47-37, but shot only 35 percent for the game. Springfield's defense limited the hosts to just a 3-for-23 performance from the three-point line.
Springfield will play in the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational this weekend and will open with Wheelock on Friday evening.