Men’s Basketball Drops Conference Contest to Western New England
BY BRANDON WILFORE // Feb. 12, 2017 //
As the gloomy weather lingered around Curry College, it was almost a preview of what was to come for the 1-22 Colonels.
The 6-17 Golden Bears came in only two games up in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with a 4-12 conference record.
The scoreboard read 7-0 early in the game, and the seven was in favor of the hometown team, believe it or not.
However, it did not last long when Western New England changed into a full-court press defensively. The Golden Bears kept the pressure on and halfway through the first half pushed their lead to 17 and owned all the momentum.
Curry began to show the signs of bad teams; coaches virtually stopped coaching, players stopped producing quality chances and on the other side, WNE seemingly couldn’t miss.
The horn sounded for halftime and the Colonels, once again, found themselves trailing, this time by a 50-25 score. Freshman Dashawn Williams was on the forefront of the offensive attack with nine first-half points.
The intermission is always a fresh start for teams; they can recollect themselves, make adjustments and play as if there was no score. The only thing is that strategy hasn’t helped a whole lot this season.
With nine minutes left in the game, the Golden Bears made a three to push their total to 75 points. It popped into everyone’s mind; ‘Can they put up 100?’
It wouldn’t be new territory for Curry, who has let up over 100 four different times this season.
Instead of piling it on, WNE decided to spread the love and had 13 different players check in. The Colonels weren’t done trying yet, though.
Freshmen Jared Thorpe-Johnson and Spencer Feng along with sophomore Ryan Beatty kept shooting and finished 5-12 from behind the arc. It wouldn’t add up to be enough as Curry dropped its 22nd game of the year by a score of 86-54.
The Colonels have two more shots at earning their second (or third) win(s) of the season at Wentworth Feb. 15, and home against Eastern Nazarene on Feb. 18.
Rematch-In their first meetings with their next two opponents, Curry has lost by an average of 24.5 ppg.
Walking Wounded-The Colonels started as a 21-man squad for their active roster. Saturday, only eight players logged minutes.
Turnovers…and not the apple kind-Curry continues to be plagued with turnovers; this time they gave up the ball 28 times, allowing the Golden Bears to convert 39 extra points.