LEICESTER, MA – After using a second half surge to down Elms on Tuesday, the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team utilized yet another strong second stanza to upend non-conference host Becker College, 76-65, on Thursday night at Leicester Gymnasium. With the win, the Colonials improved to 4-1 overall, while the Hawks dropped to 2-4.
The Colonials got another well-balanced scoring attack. Sophomore guard Ahmod Privott (Middletown, CT) led the way with 14 points (12 in the second half), while senior forward Fenton Bradley Jr. (Mansfield, CT) and junior guard Wes Nelson, Jr. (Queens, NY) chipped in with 11 points apiece. Nelson also contributed a game-high five steals.
Trailing 34-33 at the break, WestConn picked up the second half defensive intensity once again. They would rack up nine thefts in the period while holding the hosts to just 34.5 percent (10-of-29) shooting from the field which included 1-of-8 from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, the visitors connected on 48.3 percent (14-of-29) of their attempts, 5-of-12 from three-point range.
The WestConn bench would outscore Becker, 32-20, while also dominating points in the paint, 42-24. After several lead exchanges, the Colonials took control of the contest midway through the second with a 22-6 run. Nelson rounded out the rampage with a steal and layup in the Becker backcourt. The hosts would rally with a 7-0 spurt to end the game, but the deficit proved to be too large to overcome.
WestConn returns to action for yet another non-league matchup at St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.