Keene, N.H. - November 22, 2016 - Despite a career-best 22 points from Andy McNulty (West Springfield, Mass.), the Springfield College men's basketball team could not overcome an early first-half deficit as it was defeated by nationally-ranked Keene State, 107-84, on Tuesday evening.
The Owls, who were ranked 19th in the latest D3hoops.com national poll, improved to 4-0, while the Pride's record leveled to 2-2.
McNulty paced the Pride's offense with 22 points, as he connected on 8-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-7 from downtown. 17 of the junior's points which came in a second half in which Springfield outscored the hosts, 51-47. Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) had his third double-double of the season as he posted 17 points and 11 boards, while Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) chipped in 16 points. Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.) was the Pride's fourth player in double figures and closed out the evening with 11 points.
Keene State totaled 60 points in the opening 20 minutes of action, connecting on nearly 60% of their field goal attempts (22-for-38) and six of 12 bids from beyond the arc. The Owls turned 10 Springfield turnovers into 19 points and owned a 28-14 edge in the paint. After Springfield fell behind 24-12, the Pride used a 6-0 burst, capped off by a corner triple by Post to close within six with 9:37 left. However, the Owls offense kicked into high gear, as over the next four-plus minutes Keene State used a 19-5 push to open up a 43-23 advantage.
The hosts would go up by 30 midway through the second half, but McNulty did what he could to bring the Pride back as he poured in 13 points in a four-minute span to cut the lead to 99-84 with 2:49 on the clock. However, Keene State snuffed out any comeback bid with the final eight points for their fourth victory of the season.
Springfield will play its first home game of the season on Tuesday, November 29 when it hosts New Paltz at 7 pm in Blake Arena.