KSC Hosts WCSU in Key LEC Games
'KEENE, N.H. 2/14/03– The Keene State College men's basketball team will have an opportunity to tie for the top spot in the Little East Conference when they host Western CT State University at Spaulding Gym on Saturday (3 p.m.).
Tied for second in the conference, Keene State (17-5, 8-3 LEC) brings a five game winning streak into the game. Front-running Western CT (14-7, 9-2) has won its last three games.
The Owls have a score to settle with the Colonials who defeated KSC in last year's LEC Championship (86-83) and handed them an 85-80 loss earlier this season in Danbury. "My kids are very proud people," said KSC Coach Rob Colbert. "I don't think they were very happy with the way they played down there. Western CT is the defending champion. They're the team that took it from us last year and we have our work cut out for us against them."
"We're definitely looking forward to Western CT," said KSC forward Chris Timson. "The last time we played them I was hurt, so I felt I didn't play my best down there. But when they come here I'll be ready."
KSC appears to be peaking at just the right time. The Owls are getting solid play from Timson (14.0 ppg) and the multifaceted backcourt trio of Alphonse Michalski, Bennett Pawlusiak, and Harley Davis. "If we can get Derek Swenson going, we'll be running on all cylinders," said Associate Head Coach Brian Pickering.
KSC has to keep close tabs on the Colonials Jay Reginatto (14.9 ppg.), Marvin Evans (15.8 ppg.), and Brice Assie. Evans had 25 points and nine rebounds in their earlier meeting. "We have to play better transitional defense against them," Colbert said. "They got too many easy baskets last time."
"We hope to crank it up a notch," Colbert added. "I think we're a better team now than when we played them."
The Keene State women's basketball team (13-9, 5-6 LEC) will face Western CT (8-14, 4-7 LEC) at 1 p.m. The Owls, who are coming off a tough 80-76 overtime loss to conference power Eastern CT,on Tuesday, are in a dogfight for the final home seed in the upcoming LEC tournament. "Right now it looks like we're going to tie UMA-Boston for fourth place, so every conference win is critical," said KSC Coach Keith Boucher.
KSC came back from a 37-31 halftime deficit to defeat WCSU 75-67 earlier this season in Danbury.