Five Colonials hit double digits as Western tops Johnson & Wales, 91-83

BOX SCORE

DANBURY, CT (Nov. 27) — Five different players scored in double digits, led by senior DaQuan Brooks (Atlanta, GA) who scored 23 points and had nine assists, as the Western Connecticut State University men’s basketball team took the final game of the weekend’s Hampton Inn Classic with a 91-83 victory over Johnson & Wales University Sunday afternoon at Feldman Arena.

Also scoring in double figures for Western were senior Michael Kennedy (Newtown, CT) with 15 points (including 13-15 from the free-throw line), senior Mark Redding (Waterbury, CT) with 13 points, and senior Gary Robinson (Torrington, CT) and junior Ryan Pelletier (Wolcott, CT) who each scored 12 points.  Robinson also led the Colonials rebounding effort with eight boards.

For Johnson & Wales, Lamonte Thomas (Providence, RI) led all scorers with 35 points and finished with a double-double by grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.  David Storti (Exeter, RI) added 12 points, followed by Matt Williams (Mount Kisco, NY) with 10 points.

Johnson & Wales took control of the game early, building a 17-7 lead after a layup by James Folk (Salem, NH) at the 13:23 mark of the first half.  Western battled back over the next seven minutes, finally taking a one-point lead, 24-23, after a Pelletier layup.  The Colonial lead grew to as many as six points, but Johnson & Wales narrowed the gap to three, 43-40, going into the locker room at intermission.

The difference in the second half for Western was Kennedy, who repeatedly challenged the Johnson & Wales post defenders and then hit 12 of 13 free throws as the Colonials spent the majority of the second half in the bonus.  At the 14:16 mark with Johnson & Wales leading by two, Kennedy was fouled while shooting and then stepped to the line and hit two free throws that started a 13-4 run that gave Western a seven-point advantage.  The Colonials extended the lead to 10 points with just under five minutes to play, and closed out the game with an eight-point margin of victory, 91-83

For the game, Western held a slim 41-39 advantage in rebounds, had the edge in assists, 18-11, and forced Johnson & Wales into 19 turnovers, while committing only nine.  Western finished shooting 48.3% from the floor, while Johnson & Wales managed only 39.1%.

With the win, Western improves to 4-1 on the season, while Johnson & Wales falls to 1-2.  The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, November 30th, when they travel to face in-state rival Trinity College.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00pm.

Newspaper Box Score

WESTERN CONNECTICUT 91, JOHNSON & WALES 83

JOHNSON & WALES (1-2)
Lamonte Thomas 12-22 10-12 35; David Storti 4-8 3-4 12; Matt Williams 3-5 4-5 10; Julian Bolton 4-6 0-0 8; James Folk 2-6 0-1 4; Donald Williams 1-4 2-2 4; Curtis Lucas 1-3 2-2 4; Dan Barbour 1-1 2-2 4; Clyde Hillard 0-2 2-3 2; Reyes 0-0 0-0 0; Harris 0-0 0-0 0; Puchon 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-58 25-31 83.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT (4-1)
DaQuan Brooks 6-22 8-14 23; Michael Kennedy 1-5 13-15 15; Mark Redding 5-6 3-6 13; Ryan Pelletier 3-9 5-6 12; Gary Robinson 5-10 0-1 12; Luis Bridtter 2-4 2-2 6; Ter'Qwan Perkins 1-3 3-4 5; Michael Jensen 1-3 0-0 2; Joseph Setaro 1-1 0-0 2; James Barnes 0-1 1-2 1; Mobilio 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-64 35-50 91.

Johnson & Wales...............   40   43  -   83
Western Connecticut...........   43   48  -   91

3-point goals--Johnson & Wales 2-13 (Thomas 1-4; Storti 1-3; Folk 0-4; Lucas 0-1; Hillard 0-1), Western 6-18 (Brooks 3-10; Robinson 2-4; Pelletier 1-3; Jensen 0-1). Fouled out--Johnson & Wales-Harris; Storti, Western-None. Rebounds--Johnson & Wales 39 (Thomas 10), Western 41 (Robinson 8). Assists--Johnson & Wales 11 (Thomas 5), Western Connecticut 18 (Brooks 9). Total fouls--Johnson & Wales 32, Western Connecticut 26. Technical fouls--Johnson & Wales-None, Western Connecticut-None.