KEENE, NH - Despite a team-high 23 points and game-high six steals from sophomore forward Jauch Green (Hartford, CT), the Western men's basketball team fell at league opponent Keene State, 95-80, on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 12-10 overall and 4-8 in LEC play, while the Owls improved to 16-7 and 9-3.
Junior guard Bobby Bynum (New Haven, CT) finished with 16 points while sophomore forward Aaron Samuel (Stratford, CT) added 14 for the Colonials. Western junior guard Marcus Brown (New Haven, CT) provided some punch off the bench, tallying nine points and a team-high four assists. Jeff Lunn led the hosts with a game-high 26 points - including a perfect 10-for-10 from the line - while Matt Ozzella finished with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.
"We've hit a rough patch where we're only playing 20 minutes of good basketball. We've got to get that corrected soon because seasons end suddenly," said Western head coach Jason Harlow following the loss.
The visitors got off to a sluggish start and trailed 17-11 after an Ozzella layup midway through the opening half. The lead ballooned to 42-16 when Lunn hit two of his shots from the charity stripe with 2:50 left. Brown countered with a three-pointer before Jaquel Edwards - who finished with 20 points - answered right back with a trifecta of his own, setting the count at 47-21 at the break.
Western would chip away at the advantage, narrowing it to 12 when Bynum sneaked down the lane for a layup with 3:21 remaining the contest. Moments later, rookie forward Fenton Bradley (Mansfield, CT) notched a tip-in to cut the deficit to 11. That was as close as the Colonials would get as Keene State would hold on the rest of the way.
Western returns to action for its regular season home finale when they square off against visiting conference foe Rhode Island College on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.