Conquest drops 20; leads MCLA to 71-69 win


MCLA senior forward Adam Conquest led the Trailblazers men’s basketball team to a 71-69 victory over the Worcester State Lancers on Saturday, Feb. 3 in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) game in Worcester.

Conquest put up 20 points to lead all scorers, and recorded nine rebounds in leading the ‘Blazers to their win. This game was Conquest’s second straight 20-plus point game, as well as his second straight game leading all scorers.

Conquest has been a solid contributor since he hit the lineup, averaging 13.4 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game since he started getting minutes in January.

With 7:46 left to play in the second half of play, freshman guard Quran Davis hit two consecutive three pointers after the ‘Blazers had fallen behind 53-52, one of the few times the ‘Blazers had trailed since the start of the second half.

After Davis’ back-to-back three-point baskets, the Lancers and ‘Blazers traded blows over the next six minutes of play. With about a minute left to play, the ‘Blazers controlled a 67-64 lead over the Lancers, and the intentional fouls ensued.

The ‘Blazers had chance after chance to put the Lancers away for good, but they went a poor 4-9 from the line in the final minute of play. Although the ‘Blazers were able to hold off the comeback, the Lancers had a chance until the very end.

Conquest’s 20-point, nine rebound night was supported by Davis’ 13-point effort as he stuffed the stat sheet with three assists, rebounds, and steals to do a little bit of everything in the win.

Conquest went 7-18 from the floor while Davis ended 4-6 from the field including a solid performance from beyond the arc, going 3-5 from deep. Senior guard Keiland Cross also finished in double figures with 11 points as well as adding seven rebounds and two assists.

The Lancers were paced by Shuan McCarthy’s team-high 15-point night. Cal Howes and Will Watkins Jr. added 13 points apiece, while Bryson Gulley ended with 12 points for the Lancers.

The Lancers, now 3-19 overall and 2-7 in the MASCAC will look to play Fitchburg State in an away game on Saturday, Feb. 10.

The ‘Blazers have now improved to 7-13 overall and 4-5 in the MASCAC, which has them at third place in the conference with three conference games left to play until the end of the regular season.

The ‘Blazers will look to rack up another conference win tonight as they face off with Fitchburg State in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium at 7:30 in a game that was postponed from yesterday.


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