Downing's Six 3-Pointers Gets Men's Basketball Back on the Winning Track

John Lowther - WPI Men's Basketball 2022

WORCESTER -- The #17 WPI men's basketball team got back on track with an 83-48 win over Springfield at home at Harrington Auditorium on Sunday. The Engineers improve to 16-2 overall, 7-1 in conference play, while the Pride fall to 5-12, 3-5 in the NEWMAC. 

Four players finished in double-digits in scoring for WPI, led by 18 points, including six threes, from Kahleb Downing (Middletown, CT). John Lowther (Hingham, MA) stuffed his stat sheet with 16 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, while Colin McNamara (Arlington, MA) and John Adams (Douglas, MA) chipped in with 13 points each. Adams led WPI with 10 rebounds to wrap up his 10th double-double of the season. 

For Springfield, Nick Bray (Hartford, CT) tallied 11 points, while Jacob Morales (Montvale, NJ) finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Zeke Blauner (Dobbs Ferry, NY) rounded out the box score with seven points. 

A Downing three kicked off the scoring for the Engineers, who did not trail in the game. The first half lead grew to 15 points on a McNamara lay-up midway through the action, making it 25-10 WPI. Springfield used a 7-2 spurt, capped by a Jack Meagher (Sydney, Australia) lay-up to cut the lead to 10 with 5:31 left in the first, but the Engineers pushed the lead back to 15, closing the half with a 38-23 advantage. 

Springfield got the first bucket of the second half, but WPI's offense continued to roll. Downing connected for three from long-range, as the Engineers put together a 20-6 run spanning eight minutes, opening a 27-point advantage with 12 minutes to play. 

WPI's lead ballooned to as many as 37 points down the stretch, emptying its bench and closing out the lopsided victory. 

The Engineers continue NEWMAC play at home on Wednesday, hosting Emerson at 7pm. Springfield also has a NEWMAC clash up next, playing at MIT on Wednesday at 7:30pm.