Owls' Comeback Falls Short Against Springfield

Miguel Prieto (11) scored a career high 20 points against Springfield.
Miguel Prieto (11) scored a career high 20 points against Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Keene State College men's basketball team surrendered a 21-4 run to open the second half and never caught up, falling to Springfield College 73-67 on Tuesday afternoon at Blake Arena.

Records

  • Keene State: 1-2
  • Springfield: 2-0

How It Happened

Miguel Prieto came off the bench and led the Owls, scoring 20 points to go along with three steals, two rebounds, and two assists. Dizel Wright had 17 points and nine rebounds, while Ty Nichols had 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and four steals.

Heath Post and Jake Ross each stuffed the stat sheet and had double-doubles for Springfield. Post had 22 points, ten rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks, while Ross had 17 points, ten rebounds, six assists, seven steals and a block.

Just like in their previous two games, the Owls attacked the basket and started fast. KSC got four layups and held Springfield without a point for the first five minutes of the contest while taking an 8-0 advantage. Ross' bucket got Springfield on the board and his triple tied the game at eight at the 13:30 mark. A jumper from Prieto put the Owls up 22-18 with 7:06 remaining in the half, but Springfield scored the next 11 points, capped by Andy McNulty's layup for a 29-22 lead. The Pride led 35-26 with just 1:43 left before halftime, but the Owls scored the final six points, capped by Prieto's buzzer-beating layup to trail 35-32 at the break.

Springfield came out of the locker room and used a decisive run to pull away, scoring 21 of the first 25 points in the half. Dunks from Ross and Post put the Pride up 42-32 and, later, two triples from Cam Earle helped to widen the lead to 56-36 halfway through the second stanza. From there, though, Keene State was on the comeback trail. Baskets from Wright and Prieto made it 58-47 with 6:46 to go and, later, two free throws from Wright cut KSC's deficit under ten at 64-55 with 3:08 left. The Pride got an answer from Post, but the Owls got a three from Nichols, a turnover and a layup from Wright to make it 66-60 with just under two minutes to go. McNulty made two free throws to restore the lead to eight, but a traditional three-point play from Prieto and two free throws from Nichols after the Pride had missed from the line made it 70-67 with 36 seconds left. The Owls then fouled and Springfield made one of two from the charity stripe, but Nichols' three was off the mark and two Pride free throws set the final margin.

Inside the Paint

  • The Owls shot 46% in the first half, but cooled to just 35% in the second half, resulting in 41% shooting for the contest. Conversely, after shooting 41% in the first half, Springfield shot 56% after the break and 48% for the game.
  • Keene State struggled mightily from behind the arc. The Owls made just 1-of-19 from three and have now connected on just 7-of-53 (13%) from deep in three games this season.
  • Both teams struggled to take care of the ball, as Keene State turned it over 21 times and Springfield 20, including several during Keene State's late comeback attempt.
  • It was Springfield's first win over the Owls since November 23, 2013, when the Pride beat the Owls 82-65 in Massachusetts. Keene State had won the last three matchups, including a 107-84 victory in Keene last season.

Up Next

  • Keene State has a quick turnaround after Thanksgiving, as the Owls travel to MIT on Saturday, November 25 for a 12:00 pm tip-off.
  • Springfield next plays one week from today, hosting Becker on November 28 at 7:00 pm.