WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Led by Nick Nedwick and Tyler Hundley, the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University (12-1, 5-0 Little East) took over sole possession of the conference standings following their 82-52 win over men's basketball (5-10, 1-4 Little East) Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
Nedwick led the Warriors starting with 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the field, which included two 3-pointers, and 2-of-4 shooting at the line. Hundley made perhaps the biggest impact in Saturday's contest as he came off the bench to drop in 17 points, with 12 of those points coming from behind the arc.
Jamie Kohn led the Warriors on the glass as he pulled down a team-best nine rebounds, while also picking up a game-best three steals.
UMass Boston saw another strong performance by freshman Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.). With 20 points to his name, Joseph closed out this week averaging 13.6 points per game, in what were his first three collegiate starts with the Beacons.
From the field, Joseph was 8-for-13, while from 3-point range he was 2-for-4. In his only trip to the charity strip, the freshman made both shots to finish 2-for-2 on the day. On the glass, he tallied seven boards to finish second on the team in rebounding, behind Brian Clarke's (Miramar, Fla.) game-high 10 rebounds. Joseph also led the game in blocked shots with and came-up with one steal as well.
For Clarke he ended the night with five points to go along with his 10 boards. He also contributed one block and one steal to the Beacons defense.
Eastern Connecticut as a team shot 46.9% from the field in Saturday's contest. UMass Boston closed out the game shooting 30.8%. The host Warriors held a slim +2 advantage in rebounds (41-39).
Proving the biggest factor in Saturday's loss was the Warriors 44 points in the first half. Through the first 20 minutes of play, Eastern Connecticut shot 58.1% from the floor, and 60.0% from behind arc.
Men's basketball returns to action on Tuesday when the host the University of Southern Maine at 7:30 p.m. in a Little East Conference contest.