Torrid Start Helps Men's Basketball Extend Winning Streak to 11

Kyle Nadeau

Norton, MA- Senior Kyle Nadeau (Webster, MA) drained five of WPI's 10 3-pointers as the Engineers opened up a 30-12 lead in a 78-46 win over Wheaton Saturday in men's basketball action.  The Lyons fall to 7-14 on the season and 2-7 in the NEWMAC, while WPI, which is ranked 13th in the country by D3hoops.com, won for the 11th straight time to move to 18-3 and 8-0, as all but one of the Engineer wins during the streak have come by double figures.
 
Junior Brendan Degnan (Narragansett, RI) led a balanced scoring attack for the Lyons with 13 points, while freshman Will Bayliss (Manchester, NH) notched 12 with three assists.  Senior Anthony Coppola (Watertown, MA) moved into second place on the school's all-time scoring list, as his 11 pushed him past Will Hawkins '93.  Coppola now has 1,782 points.
 
For WPI, which knocked down a season-high 13 treys while shooting 52 percent beyond the three-point stripe and 50.9 percent overall, Nadeau led with a game-high 16 points, all taking place in the first half.  Classmate Jeffrey Robinson (Granby, CT) chipped in with 10 points, while junior Matt Carr (Somersworth, NH) added eight with six boards and three steals.
 
Tied at 12 six minutes into action, the visitors drained six consecutive threes over 2:57 for a 30-12 cushion at 10:54.  Nadeau had three triples in that stretch.  The hosts cut their deficit to 16 before eight straight WPI points made it a 40-16 game by 7:01.  Only seven points were scored the rest of the frame, with the Engineers holding a 43-20 halftime edge.
 
WPI continued its onslaught in the second half with eight straight points in the opening 1:32 for a 51-20 advantage and didn't look back.  Wheaton shot just 31.1 percent for the game and 23.5 percent from three-point territory while committing 21 turnovers.
 
WPI hosts Coast Guard at 5:30pm on Wednesday night as part of a men's and women's doubleheader. The Lyons wrap up their three-game homestand on Wednesday against Babson College at 7:30pm.

Release courtesy Wheaton Sports Information