PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Little East Conference continues its winter sports Game of the Season schedule Wednesday, February 15th when the Keene State Owls travel to Willimantic to take on the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors. The winning team will be in the driver’s seat for the 2017 LEC men’s basketball regular season championship and the opportunity to host throughout the entire Tournament next week.
This is the final scheduled LEC Game of the Season for the winter sports, and will be streamed online at LittleEast.TV. All of the Game of the Season games are webcasted for free and will include live updates on the LEC official twitter page and live stats.
The Owls and Warriors enter the matchup tied at the top of the Little East standings with a 16-7 overall record, and 9-3 in the conference. Eastern Connecticut holds a 15-8 overall and 9-3 conference record respectively. The Warriors will look to even the season series between the two teams, as they fell 99-92 when they traveled to Keene last month.
Keene State is led by sophomore forward Ty Nichols (Springfield, Mass), who leads the Little East Conference averaging 18.7 points per game this season. Nichols has scored double digit points in all but one game this season, and is complemented on the glass by senior forward Matt Ozella (Medway, Mass), who averages 9.7 rebounds per game.
Opposing them is LEC rebound leader Hugh Lindo (Enfield, Conn) who averages 12.6 rebound per game. Lindo has continued to tally up the accolades from his forward position, as the senior passed the 1,000 point and rebound mark during the current campaign. Junior guard Tarchee Brown (Rockville, Conn) leads the team in scoring, putting up 18.6 points per game, which is third best of all conference players.
Keene State started out the season on a five game winning streak, and has continued to be a dominating presence in conference play. The Owls have won 8 of their last 10 conference games, including abug home wins against UMass Dartmouth and Eastern Connecticut State. They average a league best84.2 points a game this season while only allowing 78.7 points per contest, also tops in the LEC.
The Warriors season began with seven straight wins over LEC opponents, but they have lost their last three LEC road games at Keene State, at Plymouth State and last week at UMass Dartmouth. The Warriors will look to end the season on a high note and a potential LEC championship for the fourth consecutive season. Eastern has been a stout defensive team at home, allowing an average of 65 points, along with posting an undefeated record against Little East opponents at Geissler Gym.
Both teams have historically been front runners in the Little East Conference. Kenne State has won the last two conference tournaments, including a victory over the Warriors in the 2014-15 semifinal round. Eastern has been a regular season powerhouse in the past few years, as they have compiled a 32-5 record since the 2014 season, including a 13-1 tally in the 2014-15 season.
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