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Caldwell College Cougars Earn Road Victory at Post, 86-78

Matt McLagan

Thursday, January 9, 2014 • 5:02am


WATERBURY, CT - Junior guard Kevin Walker (Bayonne, NJ / St. Peter’s Prep) recorded 22 points and six assists as the Caldwell College men’s basketball team defeated Post University, 86-78 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference game Wednesday evening at the Drubner Center. The win gives the Cougars a 9-5 record on the season, including a 5-2 mark in league play. The Eagles fall to 2-11, 2-4 CACC.

First Half
Post led for almost the entire first half, leading by as many as 11 points at one point. With the score 32-23 Eagles with 4:27 left in the half, Caldwell closed out the period with a 12-2 run, sparked by threes from Walker and sophomore guard Dawan Lighty (Paterson, NJ / Kennedy), that gave the Cougars a 35-34 advantage at the break. Six players scored at least five points for Caldwell, led by seven from Lighty.

Second Half
After Walker opened the second half with a three-pointer, the Eagles reeled off a 16-4 run to regain the upper hand, 50-42 with 15:11 remaining. The Cougars responded with a 12-0 spree that started with a three from Walker and ended with another trey by junior guard Wyatt Polk (Haddonfield, NJ / Haddonfield) for a 54-50 lead. Back-to-back three-pointers by Effrin Ellison and Stephen Perry Jr. put Post back in front, 58-55 with nine minutes to play.

Again Caldwell answered, getting 13 points from sophomore forward Billy McDonald (North Haven, CT / North Haven) to ignite a 22-10 run that gave the Cougars a 77-68 advantage with two minutes left. The lead grew to 11 points before Post came within five after Perry and Devin Willis hit threes with less than a minute to go. But it was not enough, as Caldwell won at Post for the first time since Jan. 5, 2010.

Game Highlights
  • The Cougars shot 64.0 percent from the field in the second half and 56.6 percent for the game compared to 47.6 percent for the Eagles
     
  • Caldwell also went to the line 24 times, making 19, while Post was 7-of-14 from the charity stripe
     
  • The win is the 498th career victory for Caldwell head coach Mark Corino
     
  • Walker was a perfect 4-of-4 from both the three-point line and the free throw line while making 7-of-10 from the field overall en route to a season-high 22 points - He also had five rebounds, two steals and a block
     
  • McDonald finished with 18 points and five boards
     
  • Lighty added 14 points
     
  • Junior forward Michael Balkovic (Neptune, NJ / St. John Vianney) and Polk made it five Cougars in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively
     
  • Willis paced the Eagles with 16 points

Upcoming Game
The Cougars host North Division leader Dominican College on Saturday, Jan. 11 in a key CACC contest. Game time is set for 3 p.m. in the George R. Newman Center. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students, seniors and children 12 and under. 


Caldwell College, located at 120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell   Credit: Google Maps

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