Willgress’ Quick Starts Ignites Men’s Basketball to Road Triumph at Worcester State

Jamani Spencer

WORCESTER --- Jamani Spencer (Closter, NJ) paced all scorers with 17 points and Connor Willgress (Mill Creek, WA) registered a career-high 15 as WPI notched a 91-54 road win Tuesday evening at cross town rival Worcester State.   The Engineers, who are receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25, is now 4-0 on the young season while the Lancers slip to 0-4 overall. 

Willgress was the story early for the Crimson and Gray, scoring WPI's first eight points as the guests trailed only 2-0 and scored eight of the game's first 10 points.  Three point shooting was the key to the Engineers quick start as they connected on 10-of-15 first half trifecta attempts. 

Willgress, whose previous career-best was an eight-point performance in a game against Emerson last season, poured in 13 points before halftime as Boynton Hillers shot a sizzling 64.5% (20-of-31) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes. Spencer drained all four of his field goal tries and along with Dave Zielinski (Shelton, CT) was a perfect 2-for-2 from downtown as the visitors led 55-25 at the break. 

Senior guard Sean Doncaster (Medford, MA) joined Spencer and Willgress in double figures in scoring to go along with a game-high five assists.  Chris Rodgers (Franklin, MA) finished with nine points and Ian Converse (Woodstock, CT) narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and a game-best nine rebounds.  Zielinski and James Loring (Norton, MA) each had six point and Andreas Bitsos (Athens, Greece) netted five points in his collegiate debut. 

Worcester State, which closed out the game on a 12-2 run, saw Cal Howes (Maynard, MA) nail three 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 11 points. Jamal Mustapha (Worcester, MA) chipped in with eight points and a pair of blocks while Marquez McKreith-Collins (Springfield, MA) tallied seven points and a WSU-best six rebounds.   

For the game the Engineers enjoyed a 32-22 advantage in points in the paint, a 18-7 edge in points off of turnovers and saw its reserves outscores the Lancer bench by a 49-26 margin.  

Both teams are off until next week.  WPI will head to Medford to face fifth-ranked Tufts on Tuesday at 7pm while Worcester State hosts Lasell next Thursday at 8pm.

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