Kyle Fredette and Ryan Hernandez pace Western New England College past Union

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior forward Kyle Fredette (Wallingford, VT) had a double-double with 16 points and a career high 15 rebounds as the Western New England College men’s basketball team posted a 56-45 victory over visiting Union College (N.Y.) in a non-conference game Tuesday evening (Jan. 8) at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.

This was the first meeting ever between the schools in men’s basketball and the third consecutive victory for the Golden Bears who raised their record to 6-4. The Dutchmen fall to 4-5.

Senior guard Ryan Hernandez (Hampton Bays, NY) had 11 points and set a school record for career three-pointers (174) after connecting on three of the long-range shots. He broke the old mark of 171 set by Gerry Toney (2000-04)

Western New England College led 29-19 at half-time and had a 12-point margin (31-29) in the opening minute of the second half for its biggest lead of the game. Union pulled within five points for the second time at 41-36 before Hernandez fired in a three-pointer for a 10-point cushion (48-38) with 6:13 remaining the game.

The Dutchmen then reeled off seven straight points to get within 48-45 after sophomore guard Nick DiMaggio (Croton-on-Hudson, NY) banked a long three-pointer from the top of the key at the 4:15 mark, but Union didn’t score the rest of the game.

WNEC struggled at the foul line shooting only 52.6%, but Hernandez and senior forward Jim Bayne (Bristol, CT) each made a pair of free throws in the final minute to secure the win. Union went to the foul line only twice making both of its attempts.

Junior guard Steve Madej (Burnt Hills, NY) led Union with 14 points (including four from three-point territory). DiMaggio finished with 10 points. Senior forward Deion McAllister (Irvington, NJ) chipped in with eight points and six rebounds while junior forward Drew Desmarais (St. James, NY) added nine rebounds.

Western New England College junior guard Matt Maynard (Paterson, NJ) contributed nine points, three rebounds, and three steals. Fredette, meanwhile, also had four steals and a pair of blocked shots.