With two losing streaks on the line, the Westfield State Owls defeated the Men’s Basketball team 85-65 on Feb. 1. This loss puts the Trailblazers at 2-17 overall on the season, a dismal 0-8 in the MASCAC, and increases their losing streak to 10 games. With the victory at home, the Owls stand at 6-13 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
Even with four of the five starters for MCLA with double-digit points, the Blazers couldn’t match the six double-digit players for the Owls. Westfield’s Shane Pasquantonio and Allister Williams lead the team with 17 points each and had a combined 14 rebounds in the game.
By halftime Westfield had taken a significant lead at 41-26. The Blazers didn’t surrender however and, with roughly nine minutes remaining on the clock, had cut the lead to just ten. Junior Keiland Cross began to heat up and it seemed as though the game could go either way. This rally was eventually halted as the Owls clamped down and scored seven unmatched points, putting the score out of reach with time winding off the clock.
Cross led the team with an 18 point effort and notched six rebounds while junior Joe Wiggins summoned up 16 points for the Blazers. Both players reached 300 points on the season in the effort and are one-two on the team in scoring.
In this losing streak MCLA has been outscored 842-611, allowing an average of 84.2 points per game while scoring just 61.1.