WORCESTER, Mass. – The William Paterson men's basketball team (2-2) threatened late but couldn't get past host Worcester Polytechnic Institute (3-0), 65-57, in the championship game of the Ted Coughlin Memorial Tournament Nov. 17.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- After Nasir Fields completed a three-point play to give WP a one point lead (13-12, 12:04), the Pioneers connected on just one field goal in a 5:19 span as the Goats stretched the lead to eight (23-15, 6:45). WPI would push its lead to 10 (33-23, 2:36) before an Anthony Uribe three-pointer and a pair of Henry Voorhees free throws helped make it an eight-point affair at the break, 36-28.
- Trailing by five midway through the second half, a Sean Smith trey and a driving layup by Myles McLeod tied the score at 45-45 with 7:48 remaining. WPI would respond with a 10-1 burst to put the game out of reach, sealing the 65-57 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- McLeod led the Pioneers with 13 points and eight rebounds.
- WP struggled from deep all game, hitting just 6-of-18 (.333) attempts from beyond the arc.
- William Paterson begins New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) play with a visit to Montclair State Nov. 20 at 8:00 p.m.