DANBURY, CT – After a season-opening win at Mount Saint Mary earlier this week, the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team outlasted visiting non-league foe Fisher College, 78-69, in the first game of the Colonial Classic on Saturday afternoon at Feldman Arena. Baruch edged Coast Guard in the second contest, 65-58. WestConn will host Coast Guard on Day Two of the tournament tomorrow at 4 p.m. Fisher will square off against Baruch at 2 p.m.
Senior forward Fenton Bradley Jr. (Mansfield, MA) paced the Colonials with 19 points, while juniors Shea Tracy (New Britain, CT) and Legend Johnson (Waterbury, CT) chipped in with 15 and 10, respectively.
Senior Jhalen Lumpkins (Sacramento, CA) led the Falcons with a game-high 26 points while juniors Kyle Williams (Fairfield, CA) and Jason Augliera (Discovery Bay, CA) each added 11.
WestConn won the battle on the glass, 42-23, and utilized heavy defensive pressure to wear down Fisher throughout.
The Colonials controlled the first half of play as Tracy would knock down four three-pointers en route to a 38-17 halftime advantage. WestConn would head into the locker room shooting a red-hot 55.2% from the floor, while the Falcons managed just 30%.
However, the tide turned late in the second half as Fisher stormed back, shrinking the gap to just five points when Lumpkins buried a trifecta with 1:08 left to play. The Falcons would shoot a scorching 62.5% from the field in the stanza which included 10-of-18 from beyond the arc, while WestConn would hit at a 35.7% clip.
The Colonials held off the late surge as Bradley sank a shot off the glass and classmate Tracy Cleckley (Rosedale, NY) threw down a ferocious dunk in the waning seconds, giving the Colonials the win and upping their record to 2-0 overall. Fisher dropped to 2-2.