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M-Basketball: Stags Sink Warriors

 CMS uses 15-2 scoring run to stop Warriors' four-game streak, 73-57

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mhcalif72_8756.jpgCLAREMONT, Calif - Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges began a 15-2 run late in the first half to break from a tie and went on to post a 73-57 men's basketball victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Monday afternoon at Ducey Gymasium.

Claremont's (4-6) victory halts Eastern's (8-3) four-game winning streak that had begun nearly a month ago and give the Warriors a split of two games at the Holiday Classic, co-hosted by Claremont-Mudd and Caltech.

The Stags never trailed after scoring the first eight points of the game but needed a 15-2 run to subdue Eastern, which scrapped back from a 12-point deficit midway through the first half and tied the game at 30-all on a three-point field goal by junior guard Nick Nedwick (Irvington,NY).

Claremont matched its game-opening run by ending the first half with eight straight points after Nedwick's game-tying bucket, then scored seven of the first nine points of the second half to move out to a 13-point, 45-32 lead three minutes into the second half.

The Warriors got as close as seven points twice thereafter on a jumper by junior forward Hamilton Levy (Woodbury) and two free throws by junior Jamie Kohn (Columbia) but the Stags responded each time. The Claremont lead never dipped below double figures after Tyler Gaffaney and Kevin Sullivan responded to Kohn's free throws with consecutive three-point field goals - their only ones of the game - as the Stags moved out to a 13-point, 57-44 lead with nine minutes left in the game.

 Eastern tossed in five of its eight three-point field goals in the first half - three accounting for nine straight Eastern points - to dig out of the early eight-point hole. Nedwick and Kohn combined for 18 of Eastern's 30 first-half points. Nedwick finished with ten first-half points but did not score in the second half.

Eastern turned the ball over only eight times but shot just 32.2 percent from the floor in the game.

Kohn posted his fifth double-double (second in as many days), totaling 14 points and 11 rebounds to register 32 points and 24 rebounds in two tournament games.

Claremont inside players Joseph Anderson and Patrick Lacey combined for 31 points, sinking 12 of 19 field goals.

Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday at Massachusetts Boston at 3 p.m.