Pettway leads Golden Bears with 28 points
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 8, 2018) – The Western New England University men's basketball team came up just short in a 95-84, season-opening setback to No. 7 nationally ranked Springfield College on Thursday evening at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.
Western New England was led by senior guard Mikey Pettway (Bridgeport, Conn.), who scored a team-high 28 points to go with four assists and three rebounds.
McGuire went 9-for-9 at the free throw line and finished with 16 points, four boards and three assists, while Sikorski shot 5-of-10 from beyond the arc on his way to a 15-point, eight-rebound performance. Tavitian totaled 12 points (5-of-8 shooting) and six rebounds.
Junior guard Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) powered the Pride with 35 points, 16 rebounds and six assists.
Senior Cam Earle (South Hadley, Mass.) also had a big night for Springfield with 24 points that included a 6-of-8 showing from three-point distance.
Western New England, which led by one (44-43) at the break after closing out the first half with a 12-3 run, extended its advantage to seven (52-45) three minutes into the second period following a Pettway layup that forced a Springfield timeout.
The Golden Bears eventually stretched their lead to nine (59-50) on a pair of Pettway free throws, before an 11-0 Springfield run fueled by Ross allowed the Pride to pull ahead 61-59 with 12:24 remaining.
The visitors rode their momentum to a 66-61 lead following a Trey Witter (Unionville, Conn.) corner triple at the 11:25 mark, but Western New England surged back ahead (67-66) with a 6-0 run that culminated in a Pettway jumper midway through the half.
The score remained close the rest of the way, as neither team was able to build more than a three-point lead until the Pride went up 83-79 with 4:13 to play after four straight points by freshman Daryl Costa (Providence, R.I.).
With the Golden Bears still trailing by four two minutes later, an Earle three-pointer as the shot clock wound down gave the visitors a seven-point cushion. Ross added four late points for the Pride as Springfield extended the final margin to 11.
• Western New England shot 36.1 percent from the field, including 18.2 percent from beyond the arc, in the second half. The Golden Bears connected at a 48.4 percent clip over the opening 20 minutes, including 63.6 percent from three-point range.
• The Pride outscored the Golden Bears 52-40 in the second half with the help of 54.2 percent shooting overall and 60 percent from deep.
Western New England (0-1) will be back at home on Saturday against Emmanuel, while Springfield (1-0) travels to Keene State next Tuesday.