BOSTON, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene College men's basketball team posted a 66-45 win at Wentworth Institute of Technology Saturday afternoon, two days after enduring its third loss of the year.
The Lions vault to 18-3 on the season and 11-3 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference with the win. The Leopards move to 10-11 overall and 8-6 in league play with the decision.
Justin Wagner (Oklahoma City, Okla.) led all players with 15 points in the game as he connected on five three-pointers. Jaylen Owens (Johns Creek, Ga.) finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists on the day. Christian Lynch (Alpharetta, Ga.) notched 11 points off the bench.
Owens nailed back-to-back triples to open up the scoring for the visitors and grab a 6-2 lead.
Jeremy Wagner (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Justin Wagner each nailed a trey to widen Eastern Nazarene's advantage to 14-4 with 15:09 left to play in the half.
The Lions stretched the margin to 22-6 as Doran completed a three-point play the old-fashioned way at the free throw line with 11:52 remaining.
Wentworth outscored Eastern Nazarene 18-6 to end the first frame capped off by a last-second basket by Sam Knollmeyer as the Lions sported a 28-24 lead at halftime.
Owens paced the Lions with eight points in the opening 20 minutes of play while Doran tallied five points and five boards.
Eastern Nazarene shot 42.3% from the floor in the first half and 33.3% from long distance. Wentworth sank 35.5% of its field-goal attempts in the opening period and made just one trey on 13 bids.
After conceding the first bucket of the second half, the Lions increased their lead to 34-26 on a pair of three-pointers by Justin Wagner
The visitors expanded the margin to 15 points with 13:26 left to play as Christian Lynch banked in a trey from the left wing, 43-28.
Eastern Nazarene pushed its advantage to 62-43 as Eric Lynch (Alpharetta, Ga.) tossed in a fast-break layup with 2:33 on the clock after Jarman corralled a steal and lobbed a pass into the open court to setup the breakaway.
The Lions connected on 47.2% of their shots on the afternoon, including 37% from the perimeter. The Leopards finished with a field-goal percentage of 35.7% while being held to just 1-for-19 shooting from behind the arc.
Up next, Eastern Nazarene returns to the Lahue Physical Education Center for a midweek matchup against Salve Regina February 11.