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.

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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.

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.