Turnovers Doom Golden Bears at Roger Williams

Turnovers Doom Golden Bears at Roger Williams
BRISTOL, R.I.--Freshman Sinclair Lewis came off the bench to score a career- and team-high 17 points on Tuesday, but it wasn't enough as visiting Western New England lost a 69-56 decision at Roger Williams in Commonwealth Coast Conference men's basketball action at the Campus Rec Center. Despite the loss, the Golden Bears (7-16 overall, 5-11 CCC) still occupy the eighth and final spot for the conference tournament--holding a one-game lead over both Endicott and the University of New England.

Ryan Palumbo led all players with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, who improve to 10-14 overall and 7-10 in the conference. Adam Cook also scored in double-digits with 11 on 5-of-8 shooting and he dished a game-best four assists.

Western New England, which led for the majority of the first half, shot a respectable 40.7 percent from the field (44 percent at one point in the second half) tonight but committed 17 turnovers compared to eight for RWU. The Hawks, who shot 41.7 percent from the floor, scored 10 points off turnovers and with 13 offensive rebounds had 12 second-chance points.

Dennis Rinaldi added 12 rebounds and nine points for the Golden Bears, who held a 39-36 edge on the glass.

After trailing by as much as 12 points in the second half, Western New England eventually whittled the deficit down to three, 51-48, on a DeWayne Wynn lay-in with 8 minutes and 58 seconds left.

But on the ensuing possession for RWU, Will Gerencer drained a 3-pointer to spark a 10-2 run spanning 2:24. The Hawks led 61-50 at that point and maintained mostly a double-digit advantage for the final 6:20.

Roger Williams led 35-30 at halftime.