Feb. 6, 2010
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY) scored six of his game-high 18 points in overtime to lead the Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 74-65, in a Little East Conference contest this afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. The Warriors improve to 14-7 overall, including 6-4 in LEC play, while the Beacons fall to 4-17 and 2-8.
Eastern Connecticut State led for almost the entire second half and owned its largest lead at 45-31 with 11:49 to play in the contest and later maintained a 52-41 advantage with 6:50 remaining, before UMass Boston made its comeback. The Beacons put together a torrid 13-2 blitz, fueled by five points from sophomore swingman Kyle King (Springfield, MA), to pull them even at 54-54 with 3:13 showing in the second half. Junior forward Pat Joseph (Queens, NY) later converted a lay-up to give UMass Boston a 58-55 lead with 1:13 to play, but the Warriors netted the next five points, including four from Nedwick, to take a 60-58 margin, before Joseph sent the contest into overtime with a lay-up with five ticks to go in regulation.
Eastern Connecticut State scored six of the first seven points of overtime to take a 67-61 bulge with 1:56 showing and never looked back as it went on to victory.
Senior forward Ernst Jean (Malden, MA) canned a pair of free throws to give the Beacons an early 12-8 margin and their largest lead of the afternoon with 12:19 left in the first half, before the Warriors went on a 22-5 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 30-17 lead with 1:37 remaining in the first stanza. Eastern Connecticut State took a 32-22 lead into the intermission.
UMass Boston burst out of the gate, scoring the first seven points of the second half to cut the deficit to 32-29 with 18:10 showing on the second half clock, but the Warriors answered with a 13-2 stretch to take the 45-31 advantage.
Nedwick was 4-8 from the field and clutch at the free throw line for Eastern Connecticut State, making nine of 10 attempts in addition to grabbing five rebounds, coming up with five steals and handing out three assists. Freshman guard Joe Ives (Avon, CT) came off the bench to score 13 points on 4-6 from the floor to go with three boards, four assists and a steal, while junior forward Broderick Sawyer (Norwalk, CT) contributed with 11 points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Joseph finished with 15 points on 7-11 from the field to lead the Beacons and added a game-high nine rebounds in addition to a steal, while Jean ended the afternoon with 14 points on 4-7 from the floor and pulled down six rebounds to go with a steal. King chipped in with eight points, seven boards, three assists and a steal.
The Warriors defense held UMass Boston to 34.5% (20-58) from the field, including 0-6 in the overtime period.
The Beacons will be in action again on Tuesday, February 9 when they travel to North Dartmouth, MA to take on Little East Conference rival UMass Dartmouth at 7:30 p.m., while the Eastern Connecticut State goes to Keene, NH on February 9 to play Keene State College at 7:30 p.m.