PURCHASE, NY - Geary McLeod (Meriden, CT) scored a game-high 24 points, but it was not enough as the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team fell to Manhattanville College, 69-63 in the championship game of the AJ Buchanan Classic on Saturday afternoon at Kennedy Gym.
McLeod connected on 9-of-16 field goal attempts while grabbing five rebounds and registering three steals against the Valiants.
Tyler Rowe (East Hartford, CT), who netted 11 points and dished out a team-high six assists in the finale, was named to the All-Tournament Team. He also had four rebounds and a pair of steals. He led the Colonials with 29 points against The College of Brockport on Friday night in the tournament's opening round.
Sophomore Fenton Bradley, Jr. (Mansfield, CT) contributed 12 points and led the Colonials with eight rebounds.
WestConn, which evens its record at 1-1, shot just 38% (26-of-69) from the field including connecting on only 5-of-25 attempts from beyond the three-point arch.
Leading the way for Manhattanville, now 3-0, was Alex Tuci who scored 17 points and grabbed 16 caroms. Jo Jo Cobbs also scored 17 points while Brian Haggerty joined the double-digit-scoring club with 11 points.
The Valiants never trailed in the contest and took its largest lead, 41-31, following a steal and lay in by Mike Granda with 1:18 remaining in the first half.
WestConn tied the score at 54-54 following a jumper by McLeod with 6:49 remaining in the game.
A lay up by Tuci 32 seconds later started a 12-2 run and the host led by nine points, 65-56 inside a minute to play.
The Colonials open their home schedule in a rare mid-week afternoon contest when they host Hamilton College at Feldman Arena on Tuesday, November 21. Tip-off is slated for 4 pm.