DaQuan Brooks nets career-high 46 points and Western extends win streak to 11 games following 94-87 win at Keene State College

BOX SCORE

KEENE, NH (Jan. 10) — Senior guard DaQuan Brooks (Atlanta, GA) scored a career-high 46 points, including 30 in the second half, to lift the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team over Keene State College, 94-87 on Tuesday night.

Brooks finished the night hitting 15 of 30 shots from the field and was a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. It marked the second straight year that he set a career high. He scored 40 points at Spaulding Gym last season and matched that mark back on December 28 at WPI. He also handed out five assists and was second on the team with seven rebounds.

Brooks is now just four points away from becoming the all-time scorer at Western. John Osborne (1963-67) amassed 1,813 points for Western Connecticut.

Ryan Pelletier (Wolcott, CT) added 14 points for the winners while Gary Robinson (Torrington, CT) pulled in a game-high eight caroms.

Ryan Martin led five Owls in double figures with 24 points. Anthony Mariano added 16 points in the loss.

Western led the entire first half and built an 11-point lead, 17-6 following a lay in by Brooks with 13:07 remaining in the half.

The lead evaporated to one point, 41-40, with three seconds left before the break when Nico DeMasco hit one from inside the paint. It took just 1:41 into the second stanza for the Owls to take their first lead. Martin canned both ends of a two-shot freebie and the score stood at 42-41.

The lead changed hands several times down the stretch and was tied six times before Western took a two-point lead, 74-72 on a deep three from Brooks with 6:41 left in the game.

The visitors lead grew to as many as 11 points, on what else by a three from Brooks with 3:24 remaining.

The Owls, 9-3 overall and 3-1 in the LEC, drew within four points on a three from Mariano with 73 seconds left but a pair of free throws from Brooks and the final buzzer ended any threat.

The Colonials have now won 11 straight games and improve to 13-1 overall and sit atop the Little East Conference at 4-0. They are ranked 23rd in the latest D3hoops.com national poll, released yesterday.

Western continues its four-game road trip when it travels to Plymouth State University this Saturday, January 14 for a 3 pm tip.

Newspaper Box Score
Western Connecticut vs Keene State College
01/10/12 7:30 pm at Keene, N.H.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT 94, KEENE STATE COLLEGE 87

WESTERN CONNECTICUT (13-1, 4-0 LEC)
DaQuan Brooks 15-30 11-11 46; Ryan Pelletier 5-8 0-0 14; Mark Redding 2-5
5-7 9; Gary Robinson 2-6 3-4 8; Jengodji Gates 3-7 0-0 6; Michael Kennedy
1-5 2-2 5; James Barnes 1-2 0-0 2; Joseph Setaro 1-1 0-0 2; Luis Bridtter
1-4 0-1 2; Shawn Mobilio 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-69 21-25 94.

KEENE STATE COLLEGE (9-4, 3-1 LEC)
Ryan Martin 6-14 10-10 24; Anthony Mariano 4-13 6-6 16; Tom Doyle 5-7 0-0
11; Eric Fazio 2-7 6-8 10; Rashad Wright 3-5 4-8 10; Nicco DeMasco 2-2 0-1
4; Tyler Grillo 2-3 0-0 4; Steve Boudreau 1-2 0-0 2; John Boyatsis 1-4 0-0
2; Montel Walcott 1-1 0-0 2; Cody Snow 0-0 2-2 2; Jim Hepple 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 27-58 28-35 87.

Western Connecticut..... 41 53 94
Keene State College..... 40 47 87

3-point goals--Western Connecticut 11-28 (DaQuan Brooks 5-13; Ryan Pelletier
4-6; Gary Robinson 1-4; Michael Kennedy 1-3; Shawn Mobilio 0-1; Jengodji
Gates 0-1), Keene State College 5-16 (Anthony Mariano 2-5; Ryan Martin 2-5;
Tom Doyle 1-3; Tyler Grillo 0-1; John Boyatsis 0-2). Fouled out--Western
Connecticut-None, Keene State College-Eric Fazio. Rebounds--Western
Connecticut 42 (Gary Robinson 8), Keene State College 35 (Rashad Wright 7;
Montel Walcott 7). Assists--Western Connecticut 12 (DaQuan Brooks 5), Keene
State College 13 (Ryan Martin 4). Total fouls--Western Connecticut 24, Keene
State College 24. Technical fouls--Western Connecticut-None, Keene State
College-None. A-623