Bridgewater, Mass. - November 18, 2016 - The Springfield College men's basketball team pulled away from Dean College for an 83-73 win in the 2016 Cave Classic Tip-Off Tournament at Bridgewater State University on Friday night.
The Pride improved to 2-0 on the year and will face off with Bridgewater State in the championship game at 3:00 pm on Saturday. Four different Springfield players netted double figures, with Trey Witter (Unionville, Conn.) tallying a team-best 16 points, including four buckets from beyond the arc. Both Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) and Andy McNulty (West Springfield, Mass.) registered 15 points and Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) added 10 points. Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.) pulled down a team-best 10 boards
The Pride got off to a great start as McNulty finished in transition just over three minutes into the contest to gain an 11-3 cushion and force Dean into its first timeout of the evening.
Springfield's lead ballooned to 19-5 when Avalon McLaren (Brockton, Mass.) drilled a corner three at the 13:38 mark, but the Bulldogs closed within six at 29-23 after a fast-break bucket. However, the Pride would push its lead to 33-23 after Kevin Durkin (Worcester, Mass.) hammered a dunk with 3:10 left in the half. Dean would take control of the final three-plus minutes, putting together a 15-8 push to make it a 41-38 game heading into the half.
Nine different players scored for the Pride in the opening 20 minutes of play, with McNulty pacing way with 11 points. Springfield shot 51.9% from the floor, but was sloppy with the basketball though, turning it over 10 times.
The Bulldogs would take their first lead of the contest on a dunk in transition three minutes into the second half and would extend their lead to seven following a triple with 11:59 for a 62-55 advantage.
Over the next 2:53, Springfield responded with 13-0 run, getting a fast-break bucket by Witter to go ahead 68-62. The Pride would coast from there, leading by as much as 14, en route to the 10-point win.