Feb. 20, 2010
DANBURY, CT -- Sophomore guard DaQuan Brooks (Bristol, CT) had game-highs of 26 points and six assists and led the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team to an 81-68 victory over Little East Conference rival University of Massachusetts Boston at Feldman Arena Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, the Colonials, 18-6 overall and 9-5 in the Little East Conference, secured the number two seed and a first-round bye for the upcoming LEC Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, February 23.
WestConn will face the winner of the quarterfinal game winner between \#3 Eastern Connecticut and \#6 Keene State. That game will be at top seed Rhode Island College on Friday, February 26 at 7:30 pm. The Anchormen meet the winner of Tuesday's \#4 UMass Dartmouth versus \#5 Plymouth State, which tip off the semifinals at 5:30 pm on Friday.
As for the action on Saturday. UMass Boston led, 12-11 4:03 into the contest, but a jumper by David Addy (Manchester, CT) 33 seconds later gave WestConn a one-point lead. The host never trailed from there.
The Colonials went into intermission with a comfortable 38-27 lead.
For all but 21 seconds in the second stanza, WestConn held a double-digit lead including its largest margin of 22 points, 58-36, following a lay in by Mark Reading (Waterbury, CT) with 11:38 remaining in the contest.
Joining Brooks in double digits in the scoring column were junior center John Phillips (Hartford, CT) and junior forward Wilburt Jarrett (Hartford, CT) with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The Beacons, which close out the season at 5-20 overall and 3-11 in the LEC, were led by junior forward Pat Joseph (Queens, NY), who poured in 22 points. Freshman forward Kristi Gjikondi (Fier, Albania) added a career-high 17 points and freshman guard Jason White (Roxbury, MA) netted 13 points for UMass Boston.
Material used in this report courtesy of Western Connecticut State University Sports Information.