Balanced attack leads WNEC over New England College in TCCC outing

HENNIKER, N.H. – The Western New England College men’s basketball team hit the century mark for the first time this season after posting a 101-79 victory over host New England College Saturday afternoon (Feb. 9).

This was the fourth consecutive victory for the Golden Bears who raised their record to 12-8 overall and 7-2 in The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC). WNEC started the day in a four-way tie for second place in the conference.

Senior forward Jim Bayne (Bristol, CT) and junior guard Matt Maynard (Paterson, NJ) led six players in double figures with 18 points apiece. Bayne made 8-of-12 shots from the field and pulled down 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Maynard connected on 6-of-8 shots from the floor and had three steals.

Junior forward Kyle Fredette (Wallingford, VT) contributed 16 points and a game high 13 rebounds for his tenth double-double of the year.

With sophomore guard Chris DeVine (Wilbraham, MA) out with an injury, senior guard Ryan Hernandez (Hampton Bays, NY) made his second start of the winter and poured in 15 points after making 5-of-12 three-pointers.

Sophomore guard Kyle Dignum (Albany, NY) added a career high 10 points while freshman forward Brad Thomka (Springfield, MA) also had 10 points, both in a reserve roles.

Senior guard Asif Abdul-Wadud (Springfield, MA) scored only four points, but matched his season high with eight assists while collecting four steals.

Western New England College shot a season high 54.3% from the field (including 61.5% in the second half) and forced 17 turnovers. The Golden Bears enjoyed a big 27-point lead (50-23) at halftime.

Senior guard Ryan Jaziri (Norwich, CT) led three NEC players in double figures with 22 points. Senior forward Kingsley Onyechi (Lowell, MA) added 17 points while freshman guard Joe Brown (Great Mills, MD) had 15 points and eight rebounds. Freshman forward Shane Hennessey (Cornwall, England) pulled down a team high 12 rebounds.

The Pilgrims fall to 5-16 overall and 0-9 in TCCC.