SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - December 1, 2007 - The Springfield College men's basketball team had all five of its starters register double-digit scoring outputs but it was not enough as the Westfield State Owls topped the Pride, 82-69, in the second day of the Pioneer Valley Hoop Classic.
The loss drops the Pride to 1-3 this season, having dropped its last three contests, while the Owls improve to 3-3.
The Owls led by as many as eight in after a lay-up by Matt Badjo put the visitors up 23-15 with 6:43 left in the first stanza. However, the Pride responded with a 10-2 run in the next 2:41, capped off by a pair by Pat Crean (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) to knot the contest at 20 apiece. The Pride could only muster six more points the rest of the half as Westfield went into the locker room with a 36-31 advantage.
In the second half, the Pride got as close as three after a Crean jumper cut the Owls' lead to 47-44 with 15:22 left in the game. From there, the Owls opened up a 20-9 run over the next 7:42 to take a commanding 67-53 lead with 7:40 on the clock. For the Owls, Dave Jaehnig registered eight points in the run to lead the way.
John Strawson (Torrington, Conn.) was named to the All-Tournament Team for the Pride as he netted a career-best 20 points to go along with nine boards. Jamaal Gibbs (Norwalk, Conn.) added 13 points, six boards, and five assists while Ryan Blackmon (Stamford, Conn.) chipped in with 11 points. Crean finished with 10 points, six rebounds, and six assists, while Gregg Daly (Farmington, Conn.) recorded 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Pride struggled shooting the ball -- both from the free throw line as it went 16 of 29 (55.2%) and from 3-point range as it went 3 of 18 (16.7%) from downtown.
Ryan Mauer tallied a game-high 26 points for Westfield State, while Jaehnig added 22 points as the duo were the lone Owls in double-figures.
Springfield returns to action on Tuesday, December 4, when it travels to take on Trinity. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
#1 Andrew Olson (MVP) -- Amherst
#44 Kevin Hopkins -- Amherst
#52 Brandon Jones -- Amherst
#23 Kyle Fredette -- WNEC
#22 Ryan Mauer -- Westfield State
#33 John Strawson -- Springfield