December 12, 2012

Westfield tops Lyndon

WESTFIELD, Mass. – Westfield State had five players in double figures, led by Jordan Santiago's game highs of 12 points, six assists and four steals, as the Owls cruised to a 77-54 non-conference men's basketball victory over Lyndon.

Westfield upped its record to 8-1 heading into its final game this semester, Saturday, Dec. 15, at Southern Maine. Lyndon State is 3-3.

The Owls jumped out to a 42-18 halftime lead with another stingy defensive effort as Lyndon State only made 30 percent of its field goal attempts. Westfield again leads the NCAA Division III in field goal percentage defense (34.1), picking up where they left off last season when it led the nation in field goal percentage defense and blocked shots.

Westfield's Matt Devine had a team-high nine rebounds and a game-high four blocks in 25 minutes of action. Devine, the nation's leading shot blocker last season, scored 11 points along with Lee Vazquez and Grant Cooper.

Also scoring in double figures for the Owls was freshman reserve guard Ken Reed with 10 points. All 15 of Westfield's players saw action with 11 getting into the scoring column. The Owls shot 42 percent from the field and 44 percent (10 for 23) from 3-point range.

Devyn Baranauskas (Waterbury, Conn.) was Lyndon's leading scorer with 11 points and Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.