DANBURY, CT – After upending league rivals UMass-Boston and Southern Maine over the extended holiday weekend, the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team notched its third straight Little East Conference victory as they downed visiting Castleton, 94-62, on Wednesday night at Feldman Arena. Junior forward Fenton Bradley Jr. (Mansfield, CT) led the Colonials with 18 points, while rookie forward Joshua Gourgue (New York, NY) added a game-high nine rebounds.
WestConn outscored Castleton, 46-14, in the paint. The hosts also recorded 11 steals, while the visitors managed just three. The Colonials finished shooting 52.7% (39-of-74) from the field, while the Spartans went 36.7% (22-of-60).
Sophomore guard Michael Morgan (Wallingford, VT) paced Castleton with a game-high 30 points on 8-of-14 shooting from three-point range. 20 of those scores were in the first half.
This contest was a dunk party for the Colonials. Bradley Jr. led the charge with a ferocious slam less than two minutes into the game. Moments later, senior forward Aaron Samuel (Stratford, CT) threw down a devastating windmill dunk, giving the Colonials an early 8-2 lead.
Morgan's red-hot stroke from beyond the arc deadlocked the count at 18-18 midway through the first. However, WestConn retaliated and built the advantage back up to 43-30 when Bradley Jr. flew down the lane, grabbed a missed shot off the rim and slammed it home for a highlight reel worthy hoop.
The high-flying act continued in the second half as Bradley Jr. drove baseline and powered another one thru the twine, assisted by sophomore guard Legend Johnson (Waterbury, CT).
The hosts widened the gap to 86-55 when rookie guard Reese Reyes (Cromwell, CT) buried a three from the top of the key. The Colonials would cruise the rest of the way.
With the win, WestConn improved to 13-6 overall and 7-3 in conference play, while the Spartans dropped to 3-16 and 0-10. The Colonials return to action against visiting LEC foe UMass-Dartmouth on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.