Men's Basketball: Warriors Have Enough to Withstand Western's Upset Bid

All eyes in Geissler Gymnasium are on senior Kendall Marquez, whose baseline floater over Rashard Rodriguez of Western Connecticut with 2:34 left in the game made him the 33rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points. Marquez entered the game needing 14 points to reach the milestone. Marquez scored the first 545 of his career points as a two-year member of the Western Connecticut team before transferring to Eastern last year. (Photo by Nick McEnany)
All eyes in Geissler Gymnasium are on senior Kendall Marquez, whose baseline floater over Rashard Rodriguez of Western Connecticut with 2:34 left in the game made him the 33rd player in program history to score 1,000 career points. Marquez entered the game needing 14 points to reach the milestone. Marquez scored the first 545 of his career points as a two-year member of the Western Connecticut team before transferring to Eastern last year. (Photo by Nick McEnany)

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Senior forward Tarchee Brown (Rockville) scored 18 of his team-high 20 points in the second half  to lead four double-digit scorers as the No. 17 Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team won its 35th straight Little East Conference regular-season home game, 88-80, over Western Connecticut State University Wednesday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

Eastern (16-2, 8-0 LEC) shot 51.7 percent from the floor in each half to defeat Western (9-8, 6-2 LEC) for the 14th straight time. Western had entered the game sharing second place in the LEC, one game behind the Warriors.

Freshman guard Cory Muckle (Westbrook) added 19 points and seven rebounds, sophomore Carlos Gonzalez (Springfield, MA) and Kendall Marquez (Willimantic) 16 points each. Junior forward Leonel Hyatt (Greenwich) led both teams with ten rebounds and Gonzalez had seven assists and six steals.

Marquez scored the 1,000th point in his four-year collegiate career on a baseline floater with 2:34 left (545 points coming at Western) to give Eastern a 79-70 lead  Western junior Tyler Rowe followed a minute and 15 seconds later with the 1,000th point of his three-year career. Rowe played two seasons at Conn College before transferring to Western this year.

Rowe led all players with 21 points, Rashard Rodriguez   adding 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Eastern visits Plymouth State University Saturday at 3 p.m. in a conference game.