WILLIMANTIC, CT – The eighth-seeded Western men's basketball season came to an end with a 106-62 loss at cross-state top-seeded rival Eastern Connecticut in the LEC Championship Quarterfinals on Tuesday night. Junior guard Bobby Bynum (New Haven, CT) paced the Colonials with 15 points, while sophomore forward Jauch Green (Stratford, CT) chipped in with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Warriors – who finished shooting 52.9% from the floor – were led by junior guard Tarchee Brown (Rockville, CT) who netted a game-high 26 points, while senior forward Hugh Lindo (Enfield, CT) added a double-double on 15 points and 14 boards.
The hosts began the contest with a 17-4 run. Junior guard Kendall Marquez (Willimantic, CT) rounded out the spurt with a three-pointer. Western tried to dig into the advantage midway through the opening half. However, the Warriors answered with yet another barrage, this time a 21-1 surge capped off with a pair of free throws from Brown to take a 53-19 lead into the locker room at halftime.
It was much of the same in the second stanza. Despite a Bynum trifecta to begin the half, Eastern continued to widen the gap en route to the win."Hopefully, our guys can learn from this and build for next year. I would like to thank our lone senior Tre'Von Perry for everything he's done and meant to this program," said Colonials head coach Jason Harlow.
With the loss, Western finished the season at 12-13 overall, while the Warriors improved to 18-8 and advanced to the semifinal round where they will host No. 5 UMass-Boston on Friday night. The championship game will be played on Saturday.