WORCESTER – Sophomore Garrett Stephenson (Townsend, MA) earned MVP honors as the WPI men's basketball team reclaimed the Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament title with a 65-57 triumph over William Paterson Saturday afternoon in Harrington Auditorium.
The Engineers, winner of three of the four tournaments, is now 3-0 while the Pioneers end the weekend 2-2.
Stephenson totaled 15 points and six rebounds after a 12-point, eight-rebound, two-block performance the previous night against SUNY Potsdam. Junior Jake Wisniewski (West Brookfield, MA) led all student-athletes with 17 point to go with five rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Jake Needleman (Morganville, NJ) delivered 11 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals as classmate Colin McNamara (Arlington, MA) chipped in with 10 points and a team-best seven rebounds. Sophomore Reid Walker (Lithia, FL), who handed out five assists, was limited to six points and six rebounds.
Junior Myles McLeod (Teaneck, NJ) guided the Pioneers with 13 points and a game-best eight rebounds. Junior Anthony Uribe (Hackensack, NJ), sophomore Domenic Mignone (Rutherford, NJ) and junior Henry Voorhees (South Orange, NJ) each netted six points while Mignone also hauled in eight boards. Junior starter Sean Smith (Moraga, CA) scored five while classmate Noah Basket (West Milford, NJ) to also notch five points.
WPI's Walker, and WPU's Smith and McLeod all handed in 20-points in their respective semifinals on Friday.
Needleman fueled a 7-0 run beginning with a jumper and a 3-pinter midway through the first half. Freshman Logan O'Donnell (Fishkill, NY) capped the spurt with a layup to make the score 19-13 in favor of the hosts with 10:43 on the scoreboard. Later in the half, Stephenson went on a personal 4-0 run to make it 23-15 with 6:55 remaining. Both teams went on to score 29 in the second half that saw the Engineers take as much as a 12-point advantage with 3:27 left in the contest.
For the game, the Engineers held advantages in rebounds (43-35), assists (13-10), points off turnovers (9-8) and second chance points (12-10). The Pioneers led the way in the paint (28-26) and off the bench (21-6). The teams were relatively close in field goal percentage (36.8 to 36.5) with the edge going to the guests.
WPI was 47.1 percent from downtown and 78.6 percent from the free throw line compared to 33.3 and 75 respectively. In the first half alone, the Crimson and Gray clicked at 54.5 percent and the Pioneers were 37.5 percent from the land of three.
The Engineers entertain Worcester State Tuesday at 5:30pm. William Paterson travels to Montclair State to open NJAC action Tuesday at 8pm.
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Eastern Connecticut State Defeats SUNY Potsdam in Coghlin Tournament Consolation
WORCESTER – Led by sophomore Cory Muckle (Westbrook, CT) with 18 points, all five Eastern Connecticut State starters scored in double-digits as the Warriors defeated SUNY Potsdam, 89-81, in the fourth annual Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament consolation game Saturday afternoon in WPI's Harrington Auditorium.
With the win, Eastern Connecticut moves to 1-1 on the season while the Bears slip to 1-2 on the year.
Muckle also registered eight rebounds as junior Jake Collagan (Wethersfield, CT) added 16 points and four assists. Junior Carlos Gonzalez (Springfield, MA) netted 15 to go with seven boards, four helpers and three steals while freshman Seth Thomas (Norwich, CT) chipped in with 14 and a team-best nine rebounds. Senior Leonel Hyatt (Greenwich, CT) contributed with 10 points, six caroms and three blocks. Freshman Dimitry Moise (Stamford, CT) and senior Jaysen Nuñez (Hartford, CT) came off the bench to account for eight points and three assists, respectively.
Junior Danny Delsol-Lowry (Queens, NY) paced all student-athletes with 20 points while seniors Dante Langley (Schuylerville, NY) and Nosa Onabor (Brooklyn, NY) combined for 31 points. Langley also came off the bench to share team-high rebounding honors with starting junior Aaron Armstrong (Lisbon, NY). Junior Jayquan Thomas (Hollis, NY) handed out five assists and recorded five steals.
Eastern Connecticut led for over 33 minutes and was up by as much as 15 with 7:07 to play. Potsdam held a six-point advantage five minutes into the game and led for a total of nearly four minutes. The Warriors had an 18-14 margin in points off turnovers while the Bears controlled in the paint (40-24), second chance points (13-4), and points from the bench (26-16).
The Warriors host Connecticut College Tuesday at 7pm and SUNY Potsdam heads to Marywood for a 3pm tip on Saturday.