March 2, 2018

New England College Men's Basketball Falls to No. 14 Swarthmore in NCAA First Round

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The New England College men's basketball team saw its record-breaking season come to a close with a 90-63 loss to No. 14 Swarthmore College on Friday night in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

The Pilgrims end the year with a 21-7 overall record, while Swarthmore improves to 23-5 and advances to the second round of the tournament.

The Pilgrims were led offensively by sophomore Izaiah Winston-Brooks (Roxbury, Mass.) with 23 points including a 7-for-10 effort at the free-throw line.

Freshman Calvin Cheek (Mattapan, Mass.) scored 10 points and added five assists and four steals.

Cam Wiley led the Garnet with 23 points, followed by Zack Yonda with 20 points. Conor Harkins scored 18 points off the bench on the strength of six three-pointers.

The Pilgrims held a 10-8 lead right after the first media timeout of the game but Swarthmore answered with a 31-3 run and held NEC scoreless for a 10-minute stretch midway through the half to build a comfortable double-digit lead. 

NEC held Swarthmore scoreless for the first four minutes of the second half, but the Garnet proved to be too much for the young Pilgrims squad. The two teams both scored 42 points each in the second half, but the damage from the first half maintained the 27-point margin for Swarthmore.

Swarthmore shot at 48.5 percent from the floor and hit 15 three-pointers in the victory. The Pilgrims were held to a 32.2 percent shooting efficiency. The Garnet held a 36-20 advantage in points in the paint, a 13-7 edge in second-chance points, and a 48-35 advantage in rebounding.

For the Pilgrims, this concludes a historic season that saw the team set a new program record for wins (21) and win their first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship.

--Courtesy of NEC Sports Information