Eastern Conn. St. slams Medaille
Nedwick leads Warriors with 15 points, 50 percent from field
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Eastern Connecticut State held Medaille 25 points below its scoring average in its first NCAA tournament victory in 19 years, with a 66-51 victory in a first-round game on Friday night.
Now 12-3 on the road, Eastern (23-5) snapped Medaille's (25-3) 13-game winning streak with its sixth consecutive victory. The NCAA appearance is Eastern's first in 12 years.
Eastern trailed by five early but moved into the lead for good when Hamilton Levy sank a 3-pointer and hit one of two free throws moments later for a 15-14 Eastern lead.
The Warriors led by seven at halftime and moved out to its first double-digit lead (45-35) with 12 minutes left when Tyler Hundley drained the first of his two 3-pointers which came just minutes apart.
The top defensive team and No. 1 team defending the 3 in the Little East Conference, Eastern also held the Mavericks 11 percent below their season average in field goal percentage, 12 percent below their season-average 3-point percentage and six 3-pointers below their season average of nine per game.
Eastern's bench contributed significantly to the win, with Brian Salzillo sinking three 3-pointers and finishing with 11 points. Chae Philips added four points and four assists and Hundley's six points came on two 3-pointers.
Nick Nedwick led a balanced Eastern offense with 15 points (4 of 8 from the floor, 7-8 from the foul line) and Jamie Kohn added 12 points. Hundley replaced Chris Robitaille for a significant portion of the second half due to foul trouble, but finished with a game-high nine rebounds to go along with seven points. Levy finished with seven points, five rebounds and three assists.