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.
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.