BIDDEFORD, Maine – The University of New England connected on 25 three-pointers to fuel its highest scoring output of the year, a 135-99 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's basketball win against Curry College on Tuesday night (Feb. 13) at the Harold Alfond Forum.
Ryan Matthews and Drew Muniz each drained five treys, on a combined 15 attempts, and Matt Hobbs tossed in 4-of-8 tries. Eight others found the touch from deep to book UNE's largest triple count since the second outing back in November.
Matthews and Hobbs both finished with 19 points for the Nor'easters (12-12, 10-7 CCC). After Muniz's 15 points, Gavin Dibble and Alex Kravchuk contributed 11 apiece. Drew Coveney had his pick of shooters to find, and ended with a season-high nine assists.
Drew Patno collected a game-high eight rebounds for the hosts, who led 54-45 in the category. UNE grabbed 21 from the offensive glass, producing 23 second-chance points, and used 26 Curry turnovers to net 44 points going the other direction. Both sides shot just under 50 percent for the match, although the Nor'easters did so with 25 additional field-goal attempts.
The Colonels (1-23, 1-16 CCC) also had five players reach double figures, paced by John Coleman and his 16 2nd-half points. Jared Thorpe-Johnson and Jeff Card each went for 14 points, and 11 more came from Nick George. Akhari Goodridge closed with 10 points.
UNE, which jumped out to an 11-0 cushion in 2:23 and never looked back, will now prepare for Saturday's (3 p.m.) regular-season finale at Western New England University. Curry returns home on Saturday for a match up against Eastern Nazarene at 3:00 p.m. to close out the season.
(Game Recap Courtesy of the University of New England Sports Information)