Eastern Nazarene basketball defeats Colonels 89-75, in season-ending loss

BY RYAN RANDALL // Feb. 19, 2017 //

The Curry College men’s team basketball finished the season with an 89-75 defeat to Eastern Nazarene College this past Saturday at the Katz Gymnasium in Milton.

The victory moves the Lions to 12-13 overall and 9-9 in the CCC while the loss leaves the Colonels at 1-24 overall and 0-18 in league play.

The game opened with a 12-0 run by the Lions, until Curry guard Jared Johnson got his team on the board with two three throws. At 8:24 Curry tied the game at 20 going on a 9-0 run with a layup by Thorpe-Johnson and a jump shot by Jalen George-Bellitti.

Curry could not maintain the close score, as the Lions themselves went on the run, scoring ten unanswered ending the half with a 12 point lead over Curry.

Following halftime, the Colonel’s struggles would continue, with the Lions gaining a 20 point lead. The rest of the game would stay this way, as the Lions held the Colonels to 16 points and would go on to win the game with a final score of 89-75.

Jared Johnson led the Colonels with 21 points, as well as Kieran Carroll with 15 and Ryan Beatty with 10 points and six rebounds respectively.

For the Lions, it was Christian Lynch (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Corey Doran who led the Lions with 26 points each.

Junior Barak Swarttz said, “We have a trend of playing decently in the beginning, but then start to fall behind, and we play catch up, and we can never seem to catch up.”

Swarttz, who did not play this past season because of a leg injury, spent the whole season on the bench watching the struggles of this team.

Barack added that the team struggles with boxing out and lacks an aggressive defense. He also said there is not enough communication on the court, contributing to the lack of teamwork.

  • During the second half, senior and Captain Christian Lynch for the Lions scored his 1000th point of his college career.
  • In the final game of the season, the Colonels finish with one win; one more than they had last season.

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