BY ALEC MENDES // Feb. 18, 2018 //
Curry College men’s basketball gets out-muscled by Eastern Nazarene College, 70-56, en route to their third consecutive 24-loss season.
The Colonels came out battling on their senior night, battling to a 36-34 lead at the half.
Sophomore guard Jared Thorpe-Johnson produced a big first half, dropping 15 of his game-high 22 points to help give the Colonels the lead.
Five minutes into the half, the Colonels extended their lead to seven but the Lions began to roar back eventually capturing the lead with 10 minutes remaining in the second half.
Despite shooting a better percentage than the Lions, the Colonels were severely out-rebounded all game but it especially hurt them on the offensive boards where Eastern Nazarene held a 12-2 advantage in the second half.
Those second-chance points and their free throws did in the Colonels. They could only convert on seven of their 15 opportunities while the Lions reached the line 23 times and sunk 16 of them.
Senior center John Coleman ended the game with seven rebounds but he knew it was an issue for the Colonels.
“All season long we’ve struggled on the boards,” said Coleman. “It’s hard because we don’t have the size some of the other schools have and it ended up hurting us again”.
Senior guard Barak Schwartz was disappointed with loss but happy with how his team battled all game.
“It’s been a tough season, it’s not the way we wanted to go out, we definitely wanted to get the victory for the fans in the last game,” said Schwartz.
The loss dropped the Colonels to 1-24 for the second straight year, putting the team’s record at 2-73 for the past three seasons.