Men's Basketball falls to Westfield State 104-87 in MASCAC opener

Men's Basketball falls to Westfield State 104-87 in MASCAC opener

North Adams, MA- Westfield State's Moody Bey paced six players in double figures with a game high 26 point effort as the visiting Owls ran past the MCLA Trailblazers 104-87 in the MASCAC opener for both schools.  The Owls improve to 7-7 and are now 1-0 in the conference.  The Trailblazers fall to 3-8 and are 0-1 in the MASCAC.

Bey was 8-15 from the floor and filled the stat sheet with 7 rebounds and 4 assists.  He scored 16 points in the closing half of play.

Marcus Collins had a strong game ending with 20 points and completing the double double with 11 rebounds.  He chipped in with 4 assists and 3 steals.

Peter Mafo scored 15 points before fouling out as he went 7-12 from the floor.   Allister Williams netted 12 points as did Ty Sands.  Anthony Reynolds rounded out the scoring with 10 points.

The Owls led 42-34 at the half and quickly moved out to a sizeable 16 point lead in the second half.  Each time Westfield would extend, MCLA would go on a spurt and stay in it.  They would cut it to 7 points twice late, but Bey connected on a dagger three and the Owls would increase their lead back to double digits as MCLA was forced to foul in the final minutes of play.

MCLA was paced by Joe Wiggins' team best 17 point effort.  Keiland Cross added 15 points for the Trailblazers.  Ki-Shawn Monroe notched 13 points while Noah Yearsley added 11 in the loss.

The Owls shot a torrid 55% in the game, including a 61% clip in the decisive second half of play.  Westfield went 8-17 from three point range in the win.

The Trailblazers are back in action and continue MASCAC play on Wednesday when they head to Bridgewater State.