BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Senior forward Dwayne Wilkerson (East Providence, RI) scored a game-high 17 points, while senior guard Tom Cuddihy (Scituate, MA) added 16 to lead Bridgewater State College to an 82-57 victory over Worcester State in MASCAC men's basketball action on Tuesday night in Bridgewater.
The Bears even up their record to 11-11 and 5-5 in the MASCAC, while the Lancers slip to 10-14 overall and 3-8 in conference play.
For BSC, senior forward Roland Millien (Stoughton, MA) notched his ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Anthony Goss (Boston, MA) chipped in with 5 rebounds, 5 points, 5 assists, and a team-high 3 steals in just 18 minutes of action off the bench. Wilkerson also pulled down 6 rebounds for the Bears.
Millien scored all ten of his points in the first half while Cuddihy and Wilkerson registered 13 and 8 points respectively in the second stanza. Cuddihy connected on 3-for-4 three-point attempts in the second half. Wilkerson was a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor for the game and hit on his only free throw attempt.
Cuddihy now has 1,432 points in his career at BSC as he moved past John Hickey (1,425) and Mike Morris (1,427) into seventh place on the Bears' all-time list.
Senior guard Ryan Frassica (Brockton, MA) was the only Lancer in double-figures with 10 points. Senior center Josh Barry (Sheffield, MA) grabbed a team-high eight rebounds while he also scored 6 points.
Bridgewater State out-rebounded Worcester State 43-33 while WSC forced 24 turnovers thanks in part to 15 steals. The Bears held the Lancers to 35% (23-for-65) shooting from the field and 29% (6-for-23) from behind the three-point arc, while BSC connected on 53% (35-for-66) of their field goal attempts.
Bridgewater State opened the game with an 8-0 spurt, holding Worcester State scoreless for the first 2½ minutes of play. The Lancers responded with a 9-0 run of their own to take and early 9-8 lead. With Worcester clinging to a 16-14 advantage, the Bears went on a 14-5 run over the next seven minutes bringing the score to a 28-20 BSC with 4:45 left in the first half. Bridgewater State did not allow a single basket over the last two minutes as the Bears closed out the stanza with a 6-0 run and headed to the locker-room with a 39-27 advantage.
In the second half, the Bears continued to build up their lead as they outscored Worcester State 18-8 over the first seven minutes and led 57-35 with 13 minutes left on the clock. Worcester would not threaten the rest of the way with Bridgewater State's largest lead coming at the 3:35 mark (76-51).
Both teams will play Salem State in the next week. Bridgewater State will visit the Vikings on Thursday at 8 p.m. and then the Lancers will close out their season with a 4 o'clock home game on Saturday.