After a solid 93-82 win versus Saint Michael’s College to begin the season, the Pioneers have dropped their last two games. On November 13th, the Pioneers fell to Stonehill College 76-68 and on November 28th, lost to the Post University Eagles in a tight battle 77-73.
In their most recent game, C.W. Post struggled against Post University. The Pioneers started off slow as turnovers were constantly being forced by the Post defense. The Pioneers ended up having 23 turnovers, which makes it tough to win close games.
However, C.W. Post found a way to creep back into the game off of a solid performance by junior guard Stefan Bonneau. He led the Pioneers in scoring with 15 points and found a way to consistently get to the free-throw line, where he went 7/8. Bonneau’s defense was also solid as he stole four passes and created problems offensively for Post University.
The Pioneers eventually took the lead from with a solid team effort. Multiple players went to the free-throw line in key situations and capitalized. Junior guard Billy Butler, senior forward Aaron Hall and freshman forward Vaughn Allen made clutch shots down the stretch to further the Pioneers lead. Getting to the foul line late in games is important for teams because the clock stops and points can be put on the scoreboard.
But with less than one minute left to play in the game, Post University senior guard Spencer Smith drove through the lane, missed, but put back his own shot to give the Eagles a lead that they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. Smith was the leading scorer for Post with 14 points and was one of four players who scored at least ten points for the Eagles.
The Pioneers had a chance to tie the game after Smith’s late basket, but Post’s defense during the last possession was rock-solid, not allowing the Pioneers to tie the game.
Vaughn Allen continued his hot start to the season dropping 14 points and grabbing six rebounds. Two weeks ago, Allen was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for his stellar play to begin the year as he averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds throughout the first two games of the season.