By Gage Nutter
Asst. Sports Editor
If you allow Springfield College men’s basketball to drop a season-high 98 points, have six players in double digits scoring, and cash in on a season-high 14 three-pointers, you are going to have a bad time.
The Pride men’s basketball team picked up a 98-78 win against Wheaton on Saturday. Springfield is now 11-10 overall, 5-5 in the NEWMAC conference.
Springfield junior captain Brandon Eckles commented on the team’s explosive offensive output.
“After seeing the ball go in a few times I think all of our eyes lit up and made us want to shoot more,” he said. “At practice we have worked on getting the shots that we know [Trey Witter] , [Andy McNulty], and [Jake Ross], can hit and it paid off today.”
The Pride were able to get open and score so many threes because of the damage that they did in the paint to start the game. With the brute force of Anthony Reynolds down low, the soft touch from Heath Post, and the offensive rebounds by Eckles, Wheaton had no choice but to play closer to the hoop.
Almost every game, seeing the Prides Jake Ross’ name sit atop the stat book in the points section is almost a constant. One thing that is not constant however is who No. 2 is.
Eckles commemorated the team’s depth and how members of the team have always been able to step up and fill that spot.
“We have seen it already this season,” said Eckles. “[Jake Ross] usually carries the load every game, but there is always someone in there that has a great game like [Heath Post], [Anthony Reynolds], or [Trey Witter]. We never know who is going to have that type of game, but we will always feed whoever has the hot hand.”
The Pride will now play the No. 1 team in the country for the third time this season. In the first matchup they dethroned Amherst 71-70 on Dec. 14. The second time they fell to Babson 73-68 on Jan. 7. Now the team will try to avenge that loss on Wednesday.
Brock is eager to take on the challenge.
“It is exciting,” said Pride head coach Charlie Brock. “Every game is exciting, but the conference race is really tight and we have four games to go. Wednesday is a good opportunity for us to play a really great team and we will be ready.”