By: Connor Falaguerra
On Wednesday night, the Western Connecticut State men’s basketball team played a very stout team in Connecticut College. Western was on a one game losing streak after losing to Southern Maine but as for Connecticut College they were on a three game losing streak. Both teams were looking to get back on track in this game.
There was little more tension in this game because both of these schools are from Connecticut. These teams aren’t rivals but there was a lot of signs indicating that either team liked each other.
In the first half, Western was very dominate in getting out in there fast break and very hot in shooting. Phil Starks made two 3’s in a row at one point in the first half.
Toward the end of the half it started to get a little chippy. Freshman guard Jauch Green pushed an opposing player underneath there basket. Players who were on the floor from both teams tried to get each of them off each other. Green got a technical from that and Coach Bob Campbell immediately pulled him out.
There was a lot of emotion being let out by both teams. Luis Bridtter fell hard to the floor at on point when he was driving to the basket. But at the end of the first half Western had good first half leading 43-39.
With 16:00 minutes left in the second half Connecticut College started to climb back and the score was 49-47, Westerns smallest lead of the night. The Camels seemed to have had a different game plan in the second half when they switched there defense from man to man to a 2-3 zone defense. Western was uncomfortable when the Camels came out with a different game plan.
Western started to take the lead back up 10 with 9:50 left, score was 67-57. Starks was getting a little cold in the second half, they were containing him with that defense they switched to. But senior forward, Bridtter, started to step to get some great points in the paint.
The Camels weren’t going away anytime soon. They switched to a full court press with 2:00 minutes left in the game. Then they started to foul players from Western so they can try to get the ball back. They were aiming to get Green at the line because of his free throw percentage. It was a good game plan for them.
With 1.7 seconds left, Green was fouled and had to take two foul shots. He missed the first one and made the second one. This made the score 89-86.
The Camels quickly tried to get up the floor to make a three to tie the game but came up short as it hit the front of the rim. It was a thriller at the end but Western prevails with a 89-86 win to make there record 13-7 (6-3).
Starks played the most minutes at 38 and was the lead scorer for the night with 28 points. Bridtter was close to a double-double when he had 22 points and 9 rebounds.
Western will be traveling for there next game. On Saturday February 6th they will be facing going back to there in conference schedule as they will be facing UMASS Dartmouth. Western lost to them in there first meeting 89-82.