|University of New England||Roger Williams University|
BRISTOL, R.I. – The Roger Williams University Men’s Basketball team powered to its sixth straight victory Thursday evening after defeating the University of New England 70-63 in Commonwealth Coast Conference action.
It was a close game for a majority of the first half, though both teams struggled to shoot the ball. The Nor’Easters shot only 31.3 percent from the field in the period (10-for-32), with the Hawks hitting at only 39.4 percent (13-for-33).
Andrew Wasik (Gainesville, Fla.) kicked the game off with a three for the Hawks before Jean-Luc Parker (Georgetown, Texas) later gave UNE a 5-3 lead with a three of his own.
At the 12:54 mark, Jake Heaton (Shelton, Conn.) put RWU on top 14-12 with a trey, giving RWU the advantage they would not give up. UNE stayed within a possession for most of the remainder of the half, but would be done in by a scoring drought towards the end of the half. UNE managed only five points over the final 3:47, allowing RWU to build the lead to ten entering halftime.
In the second half, RWU would go up by as many as 15, but the Nor’Easters continued to fight. UNE came as close as four (43-47) on a Daron Hoges, Jr. (West Orange, N.J.) three-pointer with just over ten minutes left. Yet the Hawks would not let UNE get over the hump, building the advantage back to ten with 3:47 to play.
The Nor’Easters made one last rally in the end, making it a 57-60 deficit with just 1:39 to play. Roger Williams would hold off UNE to come away with the seven-point win.
Nick Marini (Loudonville, N.Y.) finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while Conor O’Briend (Sharon, Mass.) logged a double-double with 11 points and 13 boards. Wasik added 15 points and a pair of steals.
Parker and Sam Thomas (Bedford, N.H.) each scored 13 for UNE, with Parker adding four assists and Thomas six rebounds. Gavin Dibble (Greenport, N.Y.) went for 12 points while CJ Autry (Standish, Maine) had 11 points and nine rebounds.
On Saturday, Roger Williams (10-2, 4-1 CCC) will head to Wentworth Institute of Technology, while UNE (4-8, 2-3 CCC) hosts Nichols.