Golden Bears End Season at Curry in the CCC Quarterfinals

Golden Bears End Season at Curry in the CCC Quarterfinals
MILTON, Mass. – Senior co-captain Damon Alston scored a game-best 26 points, but that wasn't enough to offset four players to score in double figures for top-seeded Curry College as the Colonels handed No. 8 Western New England a 76-54 loss in a Commonwealth Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Championship tournament quarterfinal game on Tuesday night at the Student Center Gymnasium.

The Colonels capture their school-record 19th win of the season (19-7), while the Golden Bears close out their season with a 9-17 overall record.  Curry advances to the CCC Semifinals and will host fourth-seeded Eastern Nazarene on Thursday (7 p.m.), a team the Colonels have lost twice to during the regular season.

Junior Dennis Rinaldi added nine points and six rebounds while sophomore Musa Elsir chipped in eight points for the Golden Bears, who shot 31.1 percent from the field on 19 of 61 attempts.

Sedale Jones scored a team-high 22 points for Curry, while junior Lambros Papalambros had 17 and sophomore Antonio Jones chipped in 15. Junior A.J. Stephens recorded a double-double with 14 points and a game-best 10 rebounds.

Curry took a 36-25 halftime lead by holding WNE to 28.6 field goal shooting while making 43.3 percent of its 30 attempts. The Colonels shot even better in the second half at 56.0 percent on 14-of-25 to outdistance the Golden Bears 40 to 29 for the last 20 minutes.

With 15 minutes and 26 seconds left, Alston converted a layup to cut the Colonels’ lead to seven (46-39). That was as close as WNE would come as Curry maintained a double-digit lead throughout the remainder of the game.

With 11:36 remaining in the first half, WNE took its third and final lead of the game (15-14) after Alston sank his third three-pointer. Curry junior Thomas McLean responded on the other end with a made layup to give the Colonels a lead (16-15) they would never relinquish.
Curry took its biggest lead of the opening frame (32-17) after Jones converted a three-point play with 3:39 on the clock.