Nichols, Anozie Lead Keene State Past Lasell In Home Opener

Ty Nichols (5) had a team high 23 points with five rebounds, six assists, and five steals.  (Photo by Paxton Blanchard)
Ty Nichols (5) had a team high 23 points with five rebounds, six assists, and five steals. (Photo by Paxton Blanchard)

KEENE, N.H. - An early surge from the Keene State men's basketball team proved to be enough on Tuesday night at Spaulding Gymnasium, as the Owls defeated Lasell College 73-62 in KSC's home opener after four straight road games to start the season.

Records

  • Keene State: 3-2
  • Lasell: 0-4

How It Happened

Ty Nichols had a strong all around game for Keene State, scoring a game-high 23 points to go along with five rebounds, six assists and five steals. James Anozie came off the bench to add 19 points, four rebounds and a block. Dizel Wright and Miguel Prieto rounded out the double-figure scorers for KSC, each scoring 10 points.

Tim Blair had 20 points to go along with six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block for Lasell. Dannie Moore had a 14 point, 14 rebound double-double while adding three steals and an assist. Stefan Masciarelli added 10 points as Lasell lost for the fourth straight time to open the season.

After trailing very briefly in the opening minutes, Keene State used an early 16-1 burst to take control within the first seven minutes of the contest. Ty Nichols made a layup and a traditional three-point play in successive possessions for an 11-4 KSC advantage. Lasell managed a free throw to stop KSC's 9-0 spurt, but the Owls scored the next seven points thereafter. Nichols got a steal and a dunk for a double-digit lead and, later, a three from Jake Dunkley put Keene State up 18-5 with 13:05 remaining in the half. From there, though, KSC's offense stalled and Lasell trimmed the deficit. The Lasers scored 11 of the next 15 points, capped by a Liam Jacobs layup, to trail 22-16 with 7:45 to go in the half. Keene State did respond over the next two minutes, scoring eight consecutive points, including a Nichols trey for their largest lead at 30-16. But Lasell again came back, going on a 14-4 run with eight points from Blair to trail just 34-30 with 25 seconds left in the half. KSC's Jordan Haywood was fouled in the final seconds and canned both free throws and, after the Lasers threw the ball away, Wright sank a layup at the buzzer for a 38-30 lead.

The second half was more of the same, with both teams exchanging runs, but KSC maintaining the lead throughout. A bucket inside from Dannie Moore trimmed Lasell's deficit to one possession (40-37), but the Owls pumped the lead back to nine (46-37) through Nichols and Anozie with 14:42 to go. The Lasers again got to within one possession at 50-47 halfway through the second stanza after Blair's jumper, but the Owls pulled away for good thereafter. Nichols' tip-in after a missed shot made it 56-47 with 8:41 left and after a dunk and a layup from Prieto on successive possessions, the Owls led 62-51 at the 5:33 mark. Two free throws from Wright with 3:10 to go gave the Owls a 68-53 lead, their largest of the game, and KSC cruised from there.

Inside the Paint

  • Keene State shot 49% (28-for-57) from the field in the contest, but made just 3-of-19 from deep (16%). The Owls are now shooting just 19% from behind the arc so far this season. Lasell made 41% (23-for-56) of their shots from the floor overall and 6-of-23 (26%) from three.
  • The Owls forced a whopping 28 turnovers, recording 18 steals in the process, including five each from Nichols and Sidi Diallo. Keene State held a 29-17 advantage in points off turnovers in the contest.
  • Led by Anozie, Keene State's bench was a key factor in the game. The Owls got 26 points from their reserves, while Lasell got just seven.
  • KSC's 73 points matched the most they have scored in a game this season, with the other time being a 73-66 win at Plattsburgh State. In each of their other three contests they have scored 67 points.

Up Next

  • Keene State will make the trip up to New London to take on Colby-Sawyer on Thursday, November 30. Game time is slated for 7:00 pm.
  • Lasell also has a quick turnaround, as they will make a visit to Worcester State on the same day and time.