Men’s Basketball Falls on Senior Night, 70-56

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.

 

Men’s Basketball Falls to Endicott, 72-62

BY JASON POMBO // Jan. 28, 2018 //

The Curry College men’s basketball team fell to the Endicott College on Saturday, 72-62, in a hard-fought battle where free throws proved to be the difference.

The Gulls came out flocking as they raced out to an early 11-2 run. Such an adversity perhaps would have caused previous Colonel teams to give up, this year’s bunch battled back in the first half, entering halftime only down by seven.

As the second half began, both teams went back-and- forth. The Colonels were able to tie the game at 45, with 9:30 remaining in the game. However, Endicott did not go away as they pulled away late to beat Curry with a final score of 72-62.

The game should have been a bit closer with the two teams shooting nearly identically from the field with the Colonels actually shooting 11% better from the arc, and with the Gulls being out-rebounded, 42-41.

But the game was decided at the free throw line.  The Gulls were sent to the line for 31 shots and converted 18 of those.  The Colonels were only able to muster 10 shots from the line and made eight of them.  The 10 point discrepancy in the free throws just so happened to be the amount the Colonels lost by.

Despite the result, Colonels coach Matt LeVangie was pleased with the team’s overall
performance.

“I think we played really… we could have packed it in, but our guys held their own,” said
LeVangie.  “I take a lot of positives away from this game, I think we’re taking giant steps.”

Sophomore guard Jared Thorpe-Johnson led the Colonels with 15 points on 23 minutes.

But despite the Colonels’ defensive efforts, they couldn’t contain sophomore guard Keith Brown, who led the game in scoring with 21 points in 35 minutes while also contributing nine rebounds for the Gulls.

The loss marks their 17th consecutive loss and drops the Colonels to 1-18 on the year.  Next up is a trip to Nichols on Tuesday, Jan. 30.  Curry will have a lot of work to do as they take on the top-ranked Bison who enter Tuesday’s game with a 16-3 record.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Dudley, Mass.

Men’s Basketball Drops Opening Conference Matchup

BY JASON POMBO // Nov. 30, 2017 //

The Curry College Colonels began their Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) schedule yesterday, as they fell in a tough matchup to the Wentworth Leopards, 58-49, after their offense disappeared in the final minutes.

The Leopards began the game on fire, going on an early 8-2 run. However, the
Colonels quickly started to hit their stride, and went on a run of their own. The Colonels scored seven unanswered points to take a 9-8 lead.

Both teams went back and forth for much of the first half, but at halftime Wentworth lead the Colonels 26-25, though the game was very much in reach for Curry.

The beginning of the second half was very similar to the first with both teams going back and forth, not being able to separate from each other. However, Wentworth ended the game on a 9-0 run, and hung on to beat the Colonels with a final score of 58-49.

Sophomore forward Kieran Carroll led the Colonels in scoring with 15 points on 35 minutes, and he also added in 9 rebounds.  Sophomore guard Spencer Feng also gave Curry a spark off the bench, providing 11 points on 28 minutes.

Despite Carroll’s efforts, senior forward Jason Ganley was too much to handle. Ganley poured in a game high 20 points with a team-high 8 rebounds.

Despite the defeat and not being able to close out at the very end, Colonels Coach Matt LeVangie was very pleased with his teams’ effort and fight.

“We battled at a very high level, we could have tucked our tails two minutes in when things weren’t going our way… it was a huge step for us character wise,” said LeVangie.

With the loss, the Colonels drop to 1-5 on the young season, while Wentworth improves to 3-2.

The Colonels return to action on Saturday, December 2, as they take on another conference opponent, at Endicott College. The Colonels will be seeking to end their 4-game losing skid, as they begin a two-game road trip. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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.

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.