Men’s Basketball falls to non-conference New England College

BY BRANDON WILFORE // Nov. 29, 2016 //

19 turnovers would probably lead to a loss for the dominate Golden State Warriors. For the Curry Colonels, it is a knockout punch. They fell Monday night to the visiting New England College Pilgrims, 78-50.

Curry has not lost a game by more than six points all year. Taking that into consideration, one might think it is just a matter of time before the Colonels earn their first win since the 2014-2015 season.

But Monday just was not their night. The team seemed tired as they front-rimmed many jump shots and missed layups many college basketball players should make. Curry shot 25.4% from the field and only 17.6% from behind the arc.

It was not lopsided the whole game, though.

Through the first 15 minutes, the Colonels had a healthy amount of turnovers but still only trailed by one. They swapped baskets with the 3-point happy Pilgrims who shot 12-29 from the three-point line in the game.

But basketball is a game of runs and NEC went on a good one before the half. At the half, it went ahead 31-20 after going on a 13-3 run while capturing every bit of momentum going into the locker room.

The offensive struggles followed Curry into the second half. After the first five minutes of the second half, it trailed 43-26 with little offensive spark from their starters. The Pilgrims saw the opportunity to win because of the Colonels’ struggles and ran away by racking up 20 points off turnovers.

The Eleanor M. Katz Gymnasium was dead, other than NEC’s bench celebrating every three they made. Curry had little sense of urgency and its bench could not celebrate because scoring was rare.

In a 10-minute run, the Pilgrims extended the lead to 21 and coach Matt LeVangie saw this as a perfect opportunity to get some freshmen experience and give senior leaders Paul Preziosi and James Pina some rest.

However, the other bench only held either freshmen or sophomores so there was no let up from NEC. It kept firing away threes even though it was up by more than 20 and had all the momentum.

40 minutes had passed and the game finally ended, providing a sigh of relief for some. The Colonels faced their worst defeat of the year, falling 78-50 to drop to 0-4 on the season.

Curry’s workhorses, Preziosi and Pina had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Preziosi also added 11 rebounds, his second double-double of the season.

The Colonels may be kept winless until December as they go on the road to take on the defending Commonwealth Coast Conference Champion Endicott Gulls on Wednesday.

3 Points (No Pun Intended, Pun Intended)

  • Spread the wealth: Every healthy player on Curry’s roster saw action Monday night
  • Turnovers anyone?: The Colonels have played four games; they have committed 27, 20, 21 and 19 turnovers in those four games.
  • Rocky Road: Curry plays three conference games in their next three games. They haven’t won in the CCC since Feb. 21, 2015.

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