WILLIMANTIC, CT - Despite a team-high 17 points from junior guard Bobby Bynum (New Haven, CT), the Western men's basketball squad was downed at LEC nemesis Eastern Connecticut, 94-55, on Wednesday night. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 12-9 overall and 4-7 in league play, while the Warriors improved to 15-7 and 9-2.
The hosts had four players net double figures as their bench outscored Western, 64-12. The Warriors shot 53% from the field including 19-for-28 from beyond the arc while holding the Colonials to 28%.
"The best team in the league played like it tonight. We just had no answers," said head coach Jason Harlow following the loss.
Western jumped out to an early 12-9 lead when sophomore forward Jauch Green (Hartford, CT) took a pass from classmate Dimitrios Tsesmetzis (Hopewell Junction, NY) and hit the layup. However, the hosts stormed back with a 28-7 run midway through the first half en route to a 48-27 advantage at the break.
The Colonials could not recover from the surge in the second half. The Warriors continued their hot shooting in the second stanza as Donny Craig connected on a trifecta to round the scoring out at 94-55 with 1:40 remaining on the clock.
Western seeks to rebound from its third straight loss when they travel to conference foe Keene State on Saturday at 3 p.m.