Dec 08, 2012
Sophomore Musa Elsir led Western New England with 16 points, four assists and four rebounds, freshman Garey Allen added 12 points, junior Dennis Rinaldi had 10, and freshman Zack Askew contributed a team-best 10 rebounds.
Lee Vazquez poured in 23 points for the Owls to lead all scorers, while also getting six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Grant Cooper posted a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Matt Devine scored six.
Westfield State enjoyed a 33-27 advantage on 46.2 percent shooting from the field.
In the second half, Western New England started with a 6-0 run to knot the score 33-all on a Rinaldi lay-up and four points from Elsir. But the Owls responded with a 9-0 run over 1 minute and 49 seconds to go up 42-33, keyed by Devine's six points during that stretch.
Then at the 13:05 mark, a flagrant-1 foul by Jordan Santiago sparked an 11-0 run for the Golden Bears who took a 44-42 lead with 10:28 to play. Allen drained three 3-pointers to spark Western New England's comeback attempt.
The Owls, however, took the lead for good on a Lee trey, 45-44, and kept the Golden Bears at bay by making their free throws (10-for-14) down the stretch.
Western New England had trouble breaking the Owls' full-court press that resulted in a season-worst 24 turnovers for 24 WSU points. The Golden Bears also struggled from the field shooting 33.9 percent.