DANBURY, Conn. – Geary McCloud and Tracy Cleckley combined for 28 points off the bench as the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team stopped a 16-game losing streak at the hands of Eastern Connecticut State University with an 85-75 Little East Conference victory Wednesday evening at Feldman Arena.
With its first loss in six games, Eastern (5-2, 2-1 LEC) falls into third place in the conference, a half-game behind Keene State College and a game behind Plymouth State University.
McCloud was 7-of-10 from the floor en route to 18 points and Cleckley had ten points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks for Western (5-3, 1-1 LEC), which was eliminated by Eastern in last year's LEC semifinals. Aaron Samuel led four Western double-digit scorers with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Trailing by two at halftime, Western shot 51.4 per cent from floor in the second half. The Warriors were just 33.3 percent from the field in scoring only 33 second-half points. Ranked second in the LEC in three-pointers, Eastern was just 8-of-36 from distance (22.2 percent), with its starters 5-of-29 from long range (17.2).
Sophomore guard Cory Muckle (Westbrook) and freshman forward Seth Thomas (Norwich) of Eastern led all players with career-highs of 23 and 21 points, respectively. Muckle was 7-of-8 from the stripe and Thomas 7-of-12 from the field. Senior forward Leonel Hyatt (Greenwich) topped Eastern with ten rebounds, Thomas adding seven.
Eastern visits Plymouth State University Saturday at 3 p.m. in a conference game.