MILTON, Mass. – Regis College quickly erased any memory of the previous game's last-second defeat, taking the lead in the first half and improving on it after halftime to defeat Curry College, 85-65, Tuesday evening in a non-conference men's collegiate basketball game at Katz Gymnasium.
Four players reached double figures in scoring, led by Ademola Afonja (Staten Island, N.Y.) with 21 points along with seven rebounds. Shawn Wedderburn (Bronx, N.Y.) finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Jordan Seldon (Dorchester, Mass.) shot 5-of-7 from the field for 11 points and Jalil Wilkerson (New Haven, Conn.) added 10 points. Marc Trinidad (Bronx, N.Y.) contributed nine points, eight rebounds, and two assists off the bench for the Pride.
The two teams traded baskets for the first eight minutes of the game before Regis raced ahead thanks to 10 straight points from Afonja. Curry responded with seven unanswered points, the first five from Jared Thorpe-Johnson, to close to within four at 30-26, but Trinidad scored five straight points to start the Pride on an 14-5 scoring run that extended Regis's lead to 44-31 at halftime.
Curry (0-2) closed to within nine at 50-41 four minutes into the second half after two free throws by Kieran Carroll, but the Pride were able to pull away thanks to a 19-6 scoring run. Regis shot 50.8 percent (32-of-63) from the field, including 6-of-13 from behind the three-point line, and 68.2 percent (15-of-22) from the free throw line.
Thorpe-Johnson led the Colonels with 16 points, while Seth Foley hit three three-pointers on his way to an 11-point performance off the bench. Curry shot just 34.5 percent (20-of-58) from the field, including 7-of-22 from behind the three-point line, but the Colonels did make 18-of-23 free throw attempts, a 78.3 percent effort.
For the second straight night, Regis caused problems with its defense, as Curry committed 19 turnovers leading to 27 points by the Pride. The Pride won the rebounding battle, 42-33, although Carroll did pull down 10 rebounds for the Colonels.
Regis (1-1) heads to New York City for the NYU Tip-Off Tournament, first facing Baruch College Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.