Owls Blast Colonials, 95-80

Jeff Lunn scored a career high 26 points.
Jeff Lunn scored a career high 26 points.
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KEENE, N.H.--Senior Jeff Lunn's career high 26 points paced the Keene State College men's basketball team to a 95-80 win over Western Connecticut State University on Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Gym.

Records

  • Keene State: 16-7, 9-3 LEC
  • Western Conn. State: 12-10, 4-8 LEC

Quotables

  • "We just wanted to move the ball around today.  We wanted to get open looks however we could.  The career high is nice but I just wanted to win the game. We don't have agendas, we just move the ball around alot and different people step up."  -- Senior forward Jeff Lunn.
  • "We played great in the first half in terms of energy, emotion, focus, and we were lucky that we played well down the stretch so the lead didn't get down to single digits.  Overall I thought we've gotten back to moving the ball a bit better, guys were turning down jump shots to get a better look inside." -- Head Coach Ryan Cain

How It Happened

Lunn led all scorers with 26, shooting 8-for-12 from the field and knocking down all 10 of his free throw attempts, while pulling down six rebounds.  Jaquel Edwards poured in 20 points, making nine of his 14 field goal attempts, while Matt Ozzella and Ty Nichols each added 13 points.  Ozzella also hauled in 12 boards for his 11th double-double of the year.

Jauch Green scored 16 of his 23 points after halftime to lead the Colonials, who also got double-digit efforts from Bobby Bynum, who had 16 points, and Aaron Samuel, who had 14.  

Keene State opened up a large first half lead, using a 22-5 first half run that turned an 8-6 deficit to a 28-13 lead.  Ty Nichols found Damonte Turner in the corner for a three pointer, and Lunn converted a three point play during the stretch.  

The Owls continued to pour it on, extending the lead to 38-14 on a pair of freebies by Ozzella, and Edwards swished a three just ahead of the first half buzzer for a 47-21 lead at the break.

Western Connecticut began to chip away at the lead in the first half, as Elias Rodriguez canned a triple that made it 57-37, and Green sank a 20 foot jumper to get the lead under 20 (65-46). Samuel's layup with 8:39 to go cut the lead to 69-55, and Bynum's three made it a 13 point game (73-60) with 7:32 to go.

Keene State stemmed the tide, restoring the lead to 80-63 when Lunn tipped in Jake Collagan's miss, and Ty Nichols salted away the win with a three point play and a breakaway slam dunk.

In The Paint

  • Lunn's perfection from the line wrote him into the Owl history books, making him just the fifth player to shoot 100% from the line in a game with a minimum of 10 free throws made.  Ryan Martin did it twice, going 12-for-12 in a game against UMass Dartmouth in 2011, and also made 10-of-10 shots in another contest against Western Connecticut State in 2012.  Nate Anderson was 11-for-11 against Plymouth State in 2009, and Fred Fieldhouse was 10-for-10 against Western Conn. in 2000.
  • As a team, the Owls made 33 of 45 free throw attempts, four short of the school record set against Western New England in 1976 and matched against MCLA in 2011.  
  • The two teams combined for 55 fouls - 32 for the Colonials and 23 for Keene State, and 70 free throw attempts.  
  • Thanks to UMass Dartmouth's 96-70 win over Eastern Connecticut State, there is now a three way tie at the top of the LEC standings with Keene State, UMass Dartmouth, and Eastern Conn. State all at 9-3.  The Owls could take a big step towards their first LEC regular season title since 2006 with a road win over the Warriors on Wednesday night.

Up Next

  • Keene State travels to Eastern Connecticut State for their final regular season road game of the year.  The Owls and Warriors tip-off at 7:30 p.m on February 11.
  • The Colonials host Rhode Island College on Wedesday, also slated to start at 7:30 p.m.