Worcester, Mass. – For the second straight game, Clark University got a dominant performance from its reserves and some hot three-point shooting to nail down a convincing 62-44 win over crosstown rival Worcester State on Thursday evening at Lancer Gymnasium.
The win for the Cougars improves their record to 4-2 overall, while the Lances slip to 1-3 after playing their first game in nearly two weeks.
Clark has now won three straight games for the first time since making their magical run to the NEWMAC Tournament Championship and the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2009-10.
Travis Curley (Trumbull, Conn.) led the Cougar offensive attack for the second game in a row, finishing with a game-high 16 points, and after his 4-for-6 performance from behind the arc he now has made seven of his last 13 attempts from three-point land.
The game started as a back and forth affair until a pair of Curley free throws sparked a first half ending 17-2 run. During that stretch, the Cougar defense forced five turnovers and held Worcester State to one basket over the final 8:05 of the half.
Clark opened the second half on a 10-4 run to up their lead to 44-24 with less than 16 minutes left before the Lancers trimmed the edge down to 12 at 44-32 at the 11:30 mark.
Curley then helped ignite another Cougar spurt – this one a 10-2 run – with a pair of three-pointers to bump the lead back to 20 at 54-34 with 8:34 left, effectively putting the game away.
Clark was red hot all game long as they made 47 percent (23-for-49) from the field – including a 57 percent tally in the second stanza (12-for-21). The visitors also nearly doubled up the Blue and Gold in total rebounds for the game 37-18 and had a 29-6 edge in bench points.
In addition to Curley, D.J. Bailey (Palmer, Mass.) came off the bench to total 13 points and four rebounds, while Mitch Renshaw (Rutland, Mass.) added 11 points and five boards. Tucker Esborn (Branford, Conn.) had an excellent all-around game for the Cougars, ending with six points, nine rebounds and three assists.
Kyle Ferreira led the Lancers with ten points, but shot just 3-for-9 from the field.
Worcester State made just 33 percent of their shots for the contest (15-for-45) including a 5-for-18 performance from behind the arc.
Clark will now take the weekend off before a busy end to the first semester beginning with Tuesday's home tilt against Nichols beginning at 7:00 p.m.