SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Western New England University shot 52 percent from the field in the 2nd half to come away with a 73-64 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men’s basketball win over the University of New England on Saturday afternoon at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.
Leading by just two (34-32) at the break, the Golden Bears (4-14, 3-9 CCC) never relinquished the advantage in the remainder of the contest. Just past the midway point of the closing frame, a 9-1 spurt bumped the margin into double digits for the first time (60-49) with 6:40 to go.
The Nor’easters (6-13, 4-8 CCC), who made only 30 percent of their looks following halftime, could get no nearer than eight down the stretch.
Mikey Pettway and Nana Appiah topped five players in double figures for Western New England with 14 point apiece. Pettway had 10 of his in the 2nd, and finished the day with five rebounds and eight assists. Mike Gelineau added 12 points to go with a game-high seven boards, while both Daniel Silva and Mike McGuire contributed 11 points.
Overall, the Golden Bears dropped 48 percent of their tries from the floor and went 7-of-15 from deep; on the opposite end, Big Blue displayed 34 percent accuracy and only sank 8-for-28 from behind the arc.
UNE received a game-best 21 points with six rebounds out of Jean-Luc Parker (Georgetown, Texas). Drew Coveney (Londonderry, N.H.) tallied 11 of his 15 points in the 1st half, and went for five caroms along with four steals.
Though both squads started slow, the visiting side got established an early 9-2 cushion and maintained the edge until Gelineau broke a 27-all score with a pair of freebies at the 1:46 mark.