The Lasell Lasers are starting to improve, but when they face tough non-conference and conference teams, they cannot gut out a victory. The Lasers lost again last night to the Keene State Owls, 81-69. The Lasers are now 4-10 on the season and the Owls move to 11-5 with the victory.
The Lasers put up a great fight in the first half and the game was tied 38-all. The fight continued in the second half when the Lasers were able to stay close until the final two minutes. During the last two minutes, the Owls went on a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach for the Lasers. It was a hard fought battle, but in the end the Lasers ran out of gas.
Twelve players scored for the Owls, but only two scored in double figures. Derek D’Amours scored 15 points on 5-10 shooting from the field. He drained three of his five three-pointers and had no turnovers. Ollie hunter added 13 points and was 5-8 from the field. He also grabbed nine rebounds with five of those being offensive rebounds.
The Lasers had four players in double figures. Javon Williams led every scorer with 21 points, but was only 9-19 from the floor. He also had eight rebounds, four steals, and three blocks. Sean Bertanza scored 13 points, but also had a poor shooting night with making only five of sixteen field goals on the evening. He also collected seven rebounds. Robert Roy and Derrick Harper each scored 12 points and helped keep the Lasers in the game until the final two minutes.
The Lasers were held to 42.9% shooting from the field compared to the 45.7% shooting of the Owls. The Lasers were outrebounded 48-35 and if they want to beat the winning team, then they need to be able to control the boards. The Lasers and Owls both had 14 turnovers in the contest.
The Lasers will resume Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play this Saturday, January 22. The game will be at Rivier College at 1:00 p.m. EST.