MILTON, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene College men's basketball team drained 16 treys en route to defeating Curry College 73-67 on the road Thursday evening.
The Lions improve to 15-2 on the year and 8-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with the victory. The Colonels drop to 4-14 overall and 2-9 in league action with the loss.
Justin Wagner (Oklahoma City, Okla.) finished with a game-high 21 points as he connected on 7-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc. Jaylen Owens (Johns Creek, Ga.) posted 19 points, seven assists and a pair of steals on the night. Jeremy Wagner (Oklahoma City, Okla.) notched 16 points while collecting four assists and three boards.
The guests raced out to a 14-4 lead after 5:08 had elapsed as Eric Lynch completed an and-one play at the free throw line.
The home side responded with 10 unanswered points to level the score at 14-14 with 11:29 remaining in the half.
Eastern Nazarene regained a 10-point margin with 1:41 to go on a triple by Jeremy Wagner, 35-25.
Curry cut the Lions' advantage to six as the first half came to a close, 37-31, finishing the half on a 6-2 run.
Eric Lynch, Owens and Jeremy Wagner all paced Eastern Nazarene at intermission with nine points each.
The Lions shot 56% from the field and 50% from outside the arc in the first half. The Colonels were limited to 39.4% shooting and just one three-pointer on four attempts in the opening frame.
The visitors widened the gap to double-digits on a three-pointer by Justin Wagner with 12:36 left to play, 57-47.
Curry pulled to within three with 8:44 on the clock as Matt Russell knocked down a jumper, 59-56.
Eastern Nazarene extended its lead to 69-60 with 2:54 left to play as Jarman hauled in an offensive rebound and dished the ball to Jeremy Wagner for a jumper just inside the arc.
The Colonels narrowed the margin to 69-65 on a layup by James Pina with 1:04 remaining in regulation.
The visitors converted four free throws in the final 10 seconds to seal their eighth conference win of the year.
The Lions shot 52% from the floor on the night and 50% from downtown. The Colonels posted a field-goal percentage of 46.7% to go with 22.2% shooting from behind the perimeter.
Looking ahead, Eastern Nazarene will host the University of New England January 31.