BOSTON — The University of New England battled past Wentworth Institute of Technology by an 82-80 margin in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men’s basketball action on Tuesday night (Feb. 6) at Tansey Gymnasium.
With the win, the Nor’easters (10-12, 8-7 CCC) split the season series with the Leopards (13-9, 9-6 CCC).
Gavin Dibble (Greenport, N.Y.) led the way for UNE with 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting and had a team-high six rebounds. Jackson McCoy (East Montpelier, Vt.), Daron Hoges, Jr. (West Orange, N.J.), and Alex Kravchuk (Mansfield, Conn.) finished with 12, 10, and nine points, respectively.
The visitors shot 50 percent (18-of-36) from the floor in the 2nd half, and only turned the ball over four times, to score 48 points and flip a 39-34 deficit at the break.
For Wentworth, Jason Ganley notched 16 of his game-high 22 points following halftime. Stephen Azums registered 18 points with 19 rebounds, and Ben Kizel had 16 points.
UNE’s largest advantage of the game came at 27-15 in the 1st period. Less than seven minutes later, however, the Leopards gained their biggest cushion (37-31), after 17 consecutive points capped a 22-4 run by the hosts.
The spread was no more than six either way (UNE 69-63) during the final 20 minutes. Dibble canned a three-pointer with 2:29 left to give the Nor’easters the edge for good (76-73). Clutch baskets by McCoy and Hoges, and two freebies by Dibble, sealed the result.
Big Blue added 10 triples to its effort in the national Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, which raises funds in support of the American Cancer Society. Fans can continue to join the team’s PLEDGE IT campaign and donate for every made 3-pointer in the month of February. The Nor’easters now have 23 through two outings; they have three regular-season and as many as three conference tournament games remaining to factor in the challenge.
UNE will be back in Biddeford on Saturday (3 p.m.) to entertain Salve Regina University.