MILTON, Mass. – Another successful season came to an end Thursday night (Feb. 28) when fourth seeded Western New England College dropped a 75-67 decision at top-seeded Curry in a semifinal game of The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Men's Basketball Tournament.
Senior center Johnathan Bowers (Kalamazoo, MI) led the Colonels with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds (both game highs).
Senior guard Tim Jones (Brookline, MA) and sophomore guard Mark Mastrullo (Billerica, MA) each contributed 15 points.
Curry improves its record to 17-11 after winning for the 13th time in its last 14 outings.
Western New England College also had three players scoring in double figures with senior forward Jim Bayne (Bristol, CT) compiling 14 points and nine rebounds.
Senior guards Ryan Hernandez (Hampton Bays, NY) and Asif Abdul-Wadud (Springfield, MA) added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Junior guard Matt Maynard (Paterson, NJ) contributed nine points and eight rebounds while junior forward Kyle Fredette (Wallingford, VT) chipped in with seven points and a team high 10 rebounds.
Western New England College had an early 7-6 lead at the 13:22 mark of the opening half before the Colonels surged to a 43-33 advantage at the break. The hosts extended their margin to 16 at 49-33 just three minutes into the second half and had a 12-point cushion at 66-54 with just over four minutes left before WNEC mounted a comeback.
Hernandez was fouled after hitting a three-pointer and his rare four-point play made it a two-possession game at 71-65 with 1:13 remaining. Forced to foul, Curry converted four straight charity shots in the last 1:08 to seal the win.
Curry will play in the conference championship game for the second consecutive year on Saturday (March 1) against visiting second-seeded Roger Williams (a 67-66 winner over third-seeded Gordon).
Western New England College ends with a 16-11 record for its fourth consecutive winning season under coach Mike Theulen.