Wentworth Pulls Away in Second Half En Route to 70-48 Win over Golden Bears

Sophomore guard Mike McGuire scored a team-high 16 points in Western New England's 78-60 win over MCLA at the Ken Wright Invitational on Friday night in Amherst (photo by Geoff Riccio).
Sophomore guard Mike McGuire scored a team-high 16 points in Western New England's 78-60 win over MCLA at the Ken Wright Invitational on Friday night in Amherst (photo by Geoff Riccio).

McGuire leads Western New England with eight points and four rebounds off the bench  

BOSTON, Mass. (January 5, 2017) – The Wentworth Institute of Technology used an 11-0 second half run to pull away from Western New England University on its way to a 70-48 victory this evening in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's basketball action at Tansey Gymnasium.

Top Performers
• Western New England freshman guard Mike McGuire (Garden City, N.Y.) recorded team-highs in both points (eight) and rebounds (four) in 19 minutes off the bench.
• Senior forward Daniel Silva (Seekonk, Mass.) finished with seven points and dished out a team-high five assists. 

• Junior Ben Kizel (Short Hills, N.J.) led three Leopards in double-figures with 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go with three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
• Freshman Matt Vartanian (Salem, N.H.) totaled ten points while grabbing seven rebounds.  

Game Review
• Following a layup by Silva that knotted the score at 2-2 just under three minutes into the contest, Wentworth put together a 15-0 run to take a 17-2 lead with 11:43 left in the half.
• Western New England began to chip away at its deficit, however, pulling to within four (31-27) on a McGuire three-pointer with 2:18 on the clock.
• Wentworth scored the final four points of the half and took an eight-point lead (35-27) into the break.
• The Golden Bears trailed by the same margin (43-35) at the 14:39 mark of the second half after McGuire knocked down 1-of-2 free throws, but Wentworth pulled away with an 11-0 run over the next 3:11 to extend its lead to 19 (54-35).
• Western New England was unable to recover from the decisive run as the Leopards extended the final margin to 22.

Notes
• Western New England shot 36.5% (19-of-52) from the field, while Wentworth posted a 48% (24-of-50) shooting clip.
• The Leopards outrebounded the Golden Bears 43-24 and scored 28 points off 22 Western New England turnovers.
• Freshman guard Nick DeGennaro (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) chipped in with seven points and two steals in 11 minutes off the bench.

Up Next
Western New England (1-10, 0-5 CCC) returns home to host Endicott on Saturday, while Wentworth (4-8, 2-3 CCC) takes on Roger Williams in Boston.