DUDLEY, Mass. – The Curry College men's basketball team was defeated by Nichols College, 99-78, in a Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) match-up on Saturday afternoon at the Nichols Athletic Center.
Junior Nate Tenaglia (Tewksbury, Mass.) and senior Joseph Sekator (Coventry, R.I.) scored a team-high 20 points each to lead four Bison in double figures. With the win, Nichols improved to 11-5 overall, 6-1 in CCC play, while the Colonels moved to 4-12 on the season, 0-7 in league action.
The Bison shot 49 percent from the floor led by a 7-for-11 shooting performance by Tenaglia, who added four treys. Senior DeAnte Bruton (New London, Conn.) and junior Matt Morrow (Leicester, Mass.) pitched in 15 points apiece to round out the Nichols student-athletes in double figures.
Curry was led by senior Daymeann Stewart (Milwaukee, Wis.) who scored 25 points on 9-for-24 shooting, including six three-pointers. Stewart also tallied four rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 38 minutes. Classmate Jared Thorpe-Johnson (Dorchester, Mass.) registered 23 points on an impressive 7-for-11 shooting, knocking down 6-of-8 triples. He also added seven rebounds, one assist, and one block.
After playing to a 13-8 lead in the first 4:56 of the contest, the Bison began to pull away, notching its lead to as many as 21 when Morrow converted a free throw to cap an old-fashioned three-point play with 3:17 left in the first stanza. Nichols held a 49-32 cushion at halftime.
In the second half, the Colonels trimmed the deficit to within 16 on three separate occasions, but that's as close as Curry would get. The Bison continued to apply pressure and maintained its lead. A dunk by Sekator gave the Bison their largest lead (25 points) at 82-57. The visitors closed the margin to 16 with 3:20 remaining in regulation, but Nichols held on for the 21-point victory, 99-78.
Curry remains on the road for a conference contest at Western New England University on Wednesday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m. Nichols returns to action at Salve Regina University, also on Wednesday, for a 7:30 p.m. tip.