Men’s Basketball Cruises by Curry 74-48, Collects Ninth-Straight Win

Men’s Basketball Cruises by Curry 74-48, Collects Ninth-Straight Win

QUINCY, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene College men's basketball team posted a 74-48 victory over Curry Saturday afternoon at the Lahue Physical Education Center to run its winning-streak to nine games.

The Lions improve to 9-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with the decision. The Colonels sink to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in league play with the loss.

Justin Wagner (Oklahoma City, Okla.) led the squad with 14 points while also registering five rebounds. Alex Jarman (Portsmouth, R.I.) notched 10 points, seven boards and two assists. Corey Doran (Fairfield, Calif.) posted nine points off the bench.

Eric Lynch (Alpharetta, Ga.) finished with seven points while Jaylen Owens (Johns Creek, Ga.) added four points and six assists. Christian Lynch (Alpharetta, Ga.) tallied six points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals on the day.

After Curry scored the game's opening basket, Eastern Nazarene erupted for 21 unanswered points to grab a 21-2 lead with 10:25 left to play.

The Lions took a commanding 30-5 lead with 4:45 remaining as Eric Lynch banked in a layup.

Christian Lynch buried a pull-up jumper as time expired in the first half to give the hosts a 36-13 advantage at halftime.

Justin Wagner led the Lions at intermission with 11 points while Jarman tallied six points and four rebounds.

Eastern Nazarene knocked down 50% of its field-goal attempts in the first frame, including 4-of-8 from three-point land. Curry struggled from the field in the opening half, connecting on just 19.2% of its attempts while coming up empty on six attempts from behind the arc.

The Lions staved off the Colonels in the second half en route to picking up their ninth-consecutive win.

Eastern Nazarene widened the margin to 29 points with less than a minute remaining as David Eddings (Endicott, N.Y.) scored on a jumper from the top of the key, 74-45.

The Lions shot 49.2% from the field and 31.2% from beyond the arc on the afternoon. The Colonels were limited to 29.3% shooting from the floor and just 4-of-15 shooting from long range.

Up next, Eastern Nazarene will host Endicott in a key conference battle December 9.