BROOKVILLE, N.Y. — Stefan Bonneau scored a game-high 26 points, Vaughn Allen and Tobin Carberry each chipped in with 18 apiece to lead C.W. Post to a 85-75 victory against District of Columbia on Saturday afternoon in East Coast Conference action.
C.W. Post clinched the ECC regular season conference title as well as the top seed in the upcoming ECC tournament with a 21-5 overall record and a 15-1 mark in conference play. UDC solidified the No. 2 seed with a 22-4 overall record and a 13-3 conference slate.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 W. Liberty 112, Davis & Elkins 81|
|C.W. Post 85, No. 18 UDC 75|
|No. 21 Anderson 90, Carson-Newman 72|
|No. 25 Charleston 74, W. Va. State 68|
The matchup was close early, as was expected between the top two teams in the conference. Scoring started slowly for both teams with several missed shots early, as the Pioneers jumped out to a 6-2 lead at the 16:47 mark only to watch UDC respond with a 7-0 run
C.W. Post responded to take a 10-9 lead, but the Firebirds grabbed the lead right back on a Dishawn Bradshaw trey.
UDC grew its lead to as many as eight points (22-14) with 9:54 to play, but the Pioneers put together an 8-0 run to tie the game at 22-22. A free throw by Bonneau put the Pioneers on top 23-22, and two possessions later the Pioneers would take the lead for good with a layup by Carberry.
C.W. Post stretched its first half lead out to nine points with just a minute to play (40-31), and went into halftime up by seven, 41-34.
Two quick layups by the Firebirds right out of the half cut the lead down to a three-point advantage, but C.W. Post responded with back-to-back buckets by Tyuan Williams and pushed the lead back to seven. UDC stayed close for the next several possessions, but the Pioneers used a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 14 points, 57-43.
The Pioneers remained in double digits until less than a minute remained in the contest, as UDC was able to make it a nine-point contest following a layup by Nigel Munson. But the Pioneers hit five of six free throws to close out the game and earn the 10-point victory.
Bonneau finished the day shooting 8-21 from the floor and 8-8 from the line, contributing four rebounds, five assists, a block and a steal. Allen earned a double-double with 16 rebounds to go along with his 18 points. Williams chipped in with 11 points for the Pioneers, who held a 45-40 edge on the glass and had a better assist-turnover ratio (14-8 compared to 12-13 for the Firebirds).
C.W. Post shot 41 percent from the floor (30-72) and 19-24 from the line. UDC was a bit better from the floor (45 percent) but only went to the line six times, making four shots. The Firebirds did most of their damage in the paint, outscoring the Pioneers 46-36.