Posted: Dec 05, 2009
LYNDON CENTER, Vt. - The Western New England College men's basketball team finally put it together at the right time to win a close game.
The Golden Bears (2-5) rallied from a eight-point deficit in the final 1:57 for an 86-82 victory over Lyndon State in a non-league contest Saturday afternoon (Dec. 5) at Stannard Gymnasium.
Sophomore guard Andre Shaw (Jamaica, NY) came off the bench to led WNEC with 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field, including 5-of-11 from three-point territory.
Senior guard Rick Johnson (Springfield, MA) again came through with a solid effort, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
Junior center Conor Lomas (Wilbraham, MA) added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the best game of his career.
Also scoring 10 points were senior guard Mike Booker (Springfield, MA) and junior forward Brendan Murphy (West Springfield, MA). Booker also pulled down seven rebounds and had seven steals.
The Hornets (3-3) took a 79-71 lead following a free throw by freshman forward O'Bee Byrd (Waterbury, CT) who attended Cathedral High School in Springfield.
Western New England College trailed 81-75 with 1:20 remaining before Shaw nailed a three-pointer to cut the margin to three just eight seconds later.
WNEC finally went ahead 83-82 following a free throw by junior guard Andre Duncan (Bronx, NY) with 37 seconds left. Following a missed LSC shot and foul, Johnson made two charity shots for an 85-82 advantage at he 23-second mark.
Duncan then made a steal and free throw with 11 seconds left to complete the comeback.
Freshman forward Jason Gray (East Thetford, VT) led the hosts with 23 points and 18 rebounds along with five blocked shots. Sophomore guard Logan Calkins (Dayville, VT) contributed 14 points along with nine rebounds. Freshman guard Avery King (Pawtucket, RI) also netted 14 points and and grabbed nine rebounds. Byrd finished with 13 points and six boards.
Western New England College shot 43.0% from the field despite an off day at the foul line (10-for-22). the Golden Bears made up for that by forcing 24 turnovers and limiting the Hornets to only 39.5% shooting from the field.
Last month the WNEC dropped a three-point decision against No. 11 Bridgewater State in its season opener and a four-point decision to Mount Saint Mary (NY) in the Golden Bears' Hoop Classic.