PURCHASE, NY – Despite a game-high 18 points from senior forward Fenton Bradley Jr. (Mansfield, CT), the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball squad was downed at non-league opponent Manhattanville College, 76-69, on Sunday at Kennedy Gymnasium. The contest was moved to an earlier 11 a.m. start due to icy road conditions expected for the afternoon.
Rookie forward Jaheim Young (Brooklyn, NY) chipped in with 15 points for the Colonials, while junior guard Wes Nelson Jr. (Queens, NY) contributed game-highs of eight rebounds and six assists.
The hosts fell behind by as many as 11 points with 6:55 remaining in the first half. However, the Valiants were able to storm all the way back to within three points following 20 minutes of play before coming away with the seven-point win. Five different players tallied double figures for Manhattanville.
The Valiants (3-1) were led by junior guard Mike Granda's (Monroe Township, NJ) team-high 16 points. The co-captain was 5-of-11 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from long range, and added four helpers and a steal.
Sophomore guard Jake Dunn (Staten Island, NY) notched 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers, to go with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. His class- and backcourt-mate Petey Glagano chipped in 13 points on 6-of-7 from the floor to go with three apiece of steals, assists and rebounds.
Following a tight first half, the Crimson and White jumped all over the Colonials (4-3) in the second. The home squad jumped out to as large of a lead as 15 points at 68-53 with 8:09 remaining following eight points from Dunn, including two threes, and a long-range make from Granda as well to put the Valiants' on an 11-0 run.
However, WestConn eventually clawed all the way back to within one point at 70-69 with 1:24 remaining on a Nelson layup, but Valiant rookie guard Tommy Lotito (Staten Island, NY) and Galgano hit back-to-back buckets to make it a five-point game at 74-69 with 00:24 left to force a Colonial timeout. Several fouls later, including a pair of made free throws from Dunn, and Manhattanville was able to come away victorious.
WestConn returns to action for their Little East Conference opener against visiting archrival Eastern Connecticut on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.