Dramatic comeback falls just short as WNEC falls to Wentworth in TCCC Tournament

Dramatic comeback falls just short as WNEC falls to Wentworth in TCCC Tournament
Box Score

BOSTON, Mass. - The seventh-seeded Western New England College men's basketball team made a dramatic comeback after trailing by 13 at halftime before second-seeded Wentworth came away with a hard-earned 84-82 victory in a quarterfinal round game of The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Tournament Tuesday evening (Feb. 23).

The Golden Bears end their season with a 12-14 record while the Leopards raise their mark to 15-10.

Senior forward Shane West (Milford, NH) led the hosts with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman guard Corey Therriault (Lewiston, ME) tossed in 16 points while sophomore guard Adam Dombrowski (Dunstable, MA) added 15 points.

Two Western New England College players finished with double-doubles.

Junior forward Brad Thomka (Springfield, MA) netted 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

Senior guard Rick Johnson (Springfield, MA) compiled 17 points and handed out 10 assists.

Also scoring in double figures were senior forward Brendan Murphy (West Springfield, MA) with 14 points and sophomore guard Andre Shaw (Jamaica, NY) with 11 points.

Wentworth took a 48-35 lead into the locker room at the break and went ahead 50-35 before the Golden Bears made their comeback. WNEC scored 11 straight points to get within four after Murphy made a layup with 16:28 remaining.

Western New England College continued its fine play and took its biggest lead at 74-68 on a Johnson free throw at the 6:04 mark. This time Wentworth rallied tying the score at 77 following two free throws by West with 3:24 left.

Therriault then sank a jumper and three-pointer for an 82-77 lead with 2:02 remaining and later added two foul shots for an 84-80 edge with 17 seconds left.

The Golden Bears shot well from the field connecting on 54.2% of their shots, but managed to make only 57.9% (11-for-19) of their foul shots.

Wentworth shot 44.0% from the floor and 66.7% (10-of-15) from the charity stripe and held a slim 38-36 advantage off the boards.