Sophomore Matt Morrow went 10-of-12 from the field and finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in Nichols College's 88-73 win over Lasell College Saturday afternoon in non-conference men's basketball action at the Nichols Athletic Center.
Junior DeAnte Bruton added 17 points to go with five rebounds, five assists, and four dimes for the Bison (2-0). Classmate Jerome Cunningham posted 16 points, six boards, and two assists as NC shot 52 percent from the field (36-of-69) and canned 10 of its 14 free throw attempts.
Lasell was paced by junior Stefan Masciarelli, who led all student-athletes with 27 points (6-of-6 FT). Sophomore Dylan Murray poured in 13 points while classmate Vic Collazo collected 12 points and eight rebounds. The Lasers (1-3) shot 44 percent from the floor.
Nichols opened up a 31-12 lead midway through the first before the Lasers closed the half on a 22-11 run to bring their deficit to eight at the break (42-34). They kept the pressure on in the second half, climbing to within five points (50-45) less than five minutes into the half. A triple from freshman Jason O'Regan at 11:40 pushed the NC lad back to double-digits before a 9-0 run later in the half – capped by a triple from junior Kash Jackson – extended the lead to 19 points at 73-54.
Three things you need to know...
-Today's game marked the 12th all-time meeting between Nichols College and Lasell College. The Bison have now won three-straight over the Lasers and lead the series, 8-4.
-Morrow's 83.3 field goal percentage in today's contest is tied for the fifth-best in program history, tying him with Kyle Mascilak and Ryan Wilson, who each went 10-of-12 from the field in games from the 2009-10 campaign.
-Nichols is now 2-0 for the second-straight season and third time in the last four.
"Despite not shooting the ball well from three, we were able to battle and find other ways to score. Our interior players did a great job establishing position and converting in the post. We had stretches where we defended at a high level and were able to use our defense to spark our transition offense." -Nichols head coach Scott Faucher
Tuesday, November 20 vs Wesleyan (CT), 7:00 p.m.