QUINCY, Mass.– Eastern Nazarene College shot 40 percent in the first half en route to a 85-62 victory over Curry College on Thursday night in non-conference men's basketball action at the Lahue Physical Education Center.
Junior Josh Rice (Hanson, Mass.) led all scorers with 22 points and added six rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Junior Garrett Crandall (Bristol, Tenn.) finished with 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting while pitching in five rebounds, three assists, and one block in 29 minutes. Sophomore David Lopez (Miami, Fla.) registered a double-double of 12 points and 13 boards. Freshman D'Eric Marlowe (North Las Vegas, Nev.) paced all ENC reserves with six points.
Junior Jared Thorpe-Johnson (Dorchester, Mass.) netted a team-high 13 points while pitching in six rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a team-high 36 minutes for the Colonels (0-9 overall). Junior Kieran Carroll (Greenwich, Mass.) recorded a double-double of 12 points and a game-high 15 boards. Louis Stein (Mount Olive, N.J.) rounded out the players in double figures with 11 points off the bench and added two rebounds, and two assists.
After the teams traded buckets to open the contest, the Lions embarked on a 13-0 run to grab a 15-2 lead with 14:40 left in the opening half. Curry pulled to within 12 (22-10) on a three pointer from Dashawn Williams (New Haven, Conn.). Eastern Nazarene would quickly get the lead back up to 18 but a jump shot from Thorpe-Johnson with three seconds left in the half sent the Colonels into the locker room with a 16-point deficit, 32-16.
The Lions led by as many as 30 in the second half, but Thorpe-Johnson knocked down two free throws with 5:55 remaining in regulation to make the score 67-53, their smallest lead of the stanza. It took little time for ENC to get the lead back to 20 as they went onto capture the game by a 23-point margin, 85-62.
Curry will next travel to Emerson on Saturday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Nazarene (3-5 overall) returns to action on December 12 at home against Gordon College at 7:00 p.m.