CCC Leader Nichols Overwhelms Visiting Western New England, 90-49

DUDLEY, Mass.--Commonwealth Coast Conference leader Nichols College shot 51.5 percent from the floor and used an opportunistic offense to defeat visiting Western New England, 90-49, in men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Nichols Athletic Center. The Golden Bears fall to 8-13 overall and 6-8 in the CCC after suffering their worst loss of the season, while the Bison improve to 17-4 and 14-0 in the CCC.

Junior Zack Askew led Western New England with 12 points while making all five of his field goal attempts, plus he had three rebounds and two blocked shots. Sophomore Mike Gelineau added 11 points.

Nichols' Irving Eggleston led all scorers with 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting and he had three steals. Junior captain Christian Horton (7 rebounds, 3 steals) added 15 points and sophomore Jared Thompson chipped in 12 on four 3-pointers. Junior Gustave Koumare picked up 11 dimes and three steals, giving him a single-season program record (63).

Nichols, which made 13 treys and outrebounded the Golden Bears, 40-35, reached the 17-win plateau (against four losses) for just the third time in program history (2003-04; 2013-14). The Bison scored 17 points off 15 WNE turnovers and 36 in the paint.

The Bison quickly built a 10-point lead five minutes into the contest behind seven points from Horton. Back-to-back layups from Eggleston put Nichols ahead 27-11 just past the midway mark of the first half, and a half-court three for Horton at the buzzer sent the Bison to the locker room up 20 at 44-24.

It didn't get much better for WNE after the intermission as Nichols opened up a 30-point lead following a fast-break layup from Eggleston 4:14 into the second half, and a dunk from senior Chris Johnson off a feed from Koumare gave the home team a 38-point advantage (69-31) with 11:01 on the clock.

The Golden Bears host Wentworth for Senior Day at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Alumni Healthful Living Center field house. The Bison head to Beverly, Mass., for a 5:30 p.m. contest with Endicott on Tuesday.

(Editor's note: Nichols Sports Information contributed to this game recap.)