Worcester, MA --- Senior Jeffrey Robinson (Granby, CT) flirted with a triple-double and WPI drained a season-best 11 3-pointers as the host Engineers opened NEWMAC play with a 77-58 victory over Wheaton on Wednesday evening. WPI is now 10-3 overall and 1-0 in conference action while the Lyons, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped, drop to 4-7 on the season and 0-1 in NEWMAC play.
Robinson filled the stat sheets with 18 points, nine assists and six rebounds. The senior's first basket, a 3-pointer midway through the first half, made him the 24th player in WPI history to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Robinson, who had four points as a freshman at Stonehill, hit the 1,000 career mark Sunday at the University of New England. His nine assists were a career-high, with seven occurring in the first half.
Four other Crimson and Gray players reached double figures in scoring. Kyle Nadeau (Webster, MA) tallied a season-best 13 points while Matt Carr (Somersworth, NH) collected his third double-double in four outings with 11 points and 10 boards. David Brown (Lowell, MA) and Ben Etten (Hollis, NH) each contributed 10 points with the total a career-high for the junior Brown.
Anthony Coppola (Watertown, MA) shared game-high scoring honors with 18 points. The senior guard connected on 7-of-14 shots from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. The Lyons received a boost off the bench from Mike Hall (Lynfield, MA). The sophomore canned 4-of-5 field goals attempts en route to 10 points.
Anthony Weeks (Fitchburg, MA) and Shawn Daily (Mount Vernon, CT) both grabbed eight rebounds for the Lyons while Brendan Degnan (Narragansett, RI) and Coppola each dished out three assists.
In a first half that saw seven lead changes, WPI rattled off nine of the final 11 points of the stanza to take a 35-28 advantage at the intermission. Wheaton would battle back throughout the second half and was within six at 60-54 with 3:44 remaining only to see the Engineers end the contest on a 17-4 spurt.
WPI plays its lone remaining non-conference contest on Saturday, traveling to Hartford to take on Trinity at 2pm. Wheaton heads back to Worcester on Saturday face Clark at 3pm.