Second Half Runs Fuel Western New England’s 73-58 Victory over Wheaton

Second Half Runs Fuel Western New England’s 73-58 Victory over Wheaton

Golden Bears outscore Lyons 40-18 over final 20 minutes

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (November 18, 2016) – The Western New England University men's basketball team posted a 16-0 run early in the second half and outscored Wheaton College 15-1 over the final seven minutes of regulation on its way to a 73-58 victory this evening on the first night of the Herb Kenny Tip-Off Tournament, hosted by Wesleyan College at Silloway Gymnasium.   

Top Performers
• Senior guard Mike Gelineau (Waltham, Mass.) led the way as the Golden Bears picked up their first win of the season, scoring a game-high 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, 3-of-7 from three-point range and 5-of-9 from the free throw line to go with seven rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist.   
• Freshman forward Mayo Aina (Providence, R.I.) posted his first career double-double in 25 minutes off the bench, finishing with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, ten rebounds (three offensive), two blocks and two steals.
• Graduate guard Luis Agrait (South Hadley, Mass.) chipped in with five points, five assists, six rebounds and three steals.

• Sophomore guard David Carbonello (Windham, N.H.) fueled Wheaton's offense with a team-high 17 points, while senior forward Quinton Dale (Winthrop, Mass.) registered a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.

Game Review
• Western New England held an early 9-5 lead after sophomore guard Mikey Pettway (Bridgeport, Conn.) knocked down a pair of free throws 3:44 into the contest, but the Golden Bears missed their next six shots as Wheaton pulled ahead with a 9-0 run.
• Western New England fought back to regain the lead (22-20) with just under seven minutes remaining in the half after Gelineau and freshman guard Mike McCourt (Lincoln, R.I.) hit consecutive three-pointers.
• Carbonello scored 12 points over the final 6:29 of the half as Wheaton held a 40-33 lead at the break.
• The Lyons extended their lead to ten (49-39) with junior guard Ryan Fogarty's (Walpole, Mass.) layup at the 16:42 mark of the second half, but it would mark Wheaton's last points for over six minutes. Agrait connected from long range with 15:49 on the clock, sparking a 16-0 run that saw the Golden Bears claim a 55-49 advantage.
• Western New England never trailed after that point – Wheaton pulled to within one (58-57) on a layup by Carbonello with seven minutes remaining, but the Golden Bears outscored the Lyons 15-1 the rest of the way to secure the victory. Gelineau helped seal the win with nine points down the stretch, while freshman guard Nick DeGennaro (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) added four.

• Western New England shot 41.7% (25-of-60) from the field, while the Lyons posted a 35.8% clip (24-of-67). Wheaton struggled from beyond the arc, connecting on just 1-of-24 (4.2%) three-point attempts.
• The Lyons held a 48-41 rebounding advantage, but their 19 turnovers resulted in 22 Western New England points.
• DeGennaro finished with seven points, three rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes off the bench.

Up Next
Western New England (1-1) will take on host Wesleyan tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Herb Kenny Tip-Off championship game, while Wheaton (1-1) faces Southern Maine at 1 p.m. in the consolation contest.