By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
Beverly, Mass. – Three days after a disappointing setback to Nichols College, the Endicott College men’s basketball bounced back, defeating Roger Williams at home by a score of 101-71, on Saturday afternoon at the MacDonald Gymnasium.
The win, highlighted by a single-game program record 20 three-pointers, avenged an earlier setback to the Hawks and created a two-way tie atop the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).
Endicott and Nichols boast identical 18-5 (overall) and 13-3 (conference) records, while Roger Williams, which has won 18 games, slips to 12-4 in league play.
Endicott’s Kamahl Walker, who is the program’s all-time leading scorer, netted 20 points, including a quartet of three’s, while Keith Brown scored a team-high 21 points on 7 of 14 attempts from the field. Brown also registered a team-high five trifectas, Vinny Clifford recorded four three’s, while Chris Lipscomb and Max Motroni each registered a trio of three-pointers, respectively.
Roger Williams led a majority of the opening session, jumping out to a 14-7 advantage before pushing ahead, 25-18, with 11:07 remaining. The Hawks’ lead – and their advantage – would disappear minutes later as they recorded four consecutive fouls, which allowed the Gulls to soar back and end the session on a 12-5 run.
Endicott led, 45-35, at the break, but truly pushed ahead for good early in the second half, thanks to three-pointers from Walker, Lipscomb and Brown.
The numerous three-pointers provided the hosts with a 67-49 lead with 13:24 remaining, but that advantage would balloon minutes later to 78-51 following a trifecta by Brown.
Roger Williams concluded the contest 28 of 67 from the floor, including 7 of 20 from beyond the arc. Austin Coene and Andrew Wasik led the Blue and Gold with 11 points, respectively, while Nick Marini netted 10 points.
Endicott converted 36 of 79 shots, while pulling down 51 caroms – two shy of the team’s season-high of 53. The Gulls tallied 53 rebounds in a trio of games this season.
Both teams return to the hardwood next Tuesday, February 14 as Endicott hosts Salve Regina, while Roger Williams visits Western New England. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m.