|Nichols College||University of New England|
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Tyler Dion (Barre, Mass.) drilled seven three-pointers, and Nichols College connected on a blistering 18 as a group, during an 87-68 Commonwealth Coast Conference men’s basketball victory over the University of New England on Saturday afternoon at the Harold Alfond Forum.
The Bison improve to 11-2 on the year, and take sole possession of the top spot in the league standings at 6-0. The Nor’easters slip to 4-9 overall, 2-4 in CCC outings.
Dion finished with a game-high 23 points, highlighted by the 7-of-13 performance from long range. DeAnte Bruton (New London, Conn.) hit four from downtown on the way to 18 points, and added six assists and five steals. Jerome Cunningham (Westbury, N.Y.) posted a double-double of 12 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks, while Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.) contributed 11 points and seven assists.
Nichols went 18-of-45 (40%) from behind the arc, out-scoring the hosts by 11 from deep. UNE made 7-of-14 looks from three-point land.
The Nor’easters received 21 points and six rebounds out of Jean-Luc Parker (Georgetown, Texas). CJ Autry (Standish, Maine) sank 5-of-6 field-goal tries and registered a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards. Gavin Dibble (Greenport, N.Y.) tossed in 11 points.
UNE scored seven unanswered points in the early-going to take its only lead of the contest (7-6), before the Bison rattled off next 10. Another run of seven in-a-row by the hosts later in the 1st half pulled the gap back into single digits (34-25), but Daequon Antoine (Fort Mill, S.C.) tallied a quick five points to restore a double digit cushion. NC extended the difference to 48-31 at halftime.
The Nor’easters drew as close as 12 on four occasions during the 2nd period (54-42, 58-46, 60-48, 70-58), but could not chip any further into the deficit. Bruton and Dion (twice) then canned consecutive triples to bump the lead to its peak of 21 (79-58).