The Endicott College men’s basketball team (14-4) aims to please the Gull faithful at MacDonald Gymnasium once again as they take on conference-rival Nichols College (11-7) at 7:30 p.m.
With wins in five consecutive contests, the team is fresh off its highest scoring output of the season. Last Saturday, the groups 110 points stunned a seemingly-displeased Western New England crowd in what would be a Gull victory.
Versatility was on display at its finest, as seven starters reached double-figures in the game. Freshman Jalen Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.) led the team with 23 points and five rebounds, followed by Jordan Pettway’s (Bridgeport, Conn.) 21 points.
Despite the recent success, the team can’t help but remember what happened earlier in January. The last time Nichols appeared on their schedule, it was a one-point loss for Endicott.
The contest was a game of runs, going back-and-forth on the scoreboard. The Gulls cut into a Nichols advantage with a 17-4 run in the second half, but DeAnte Bruton (New London, Conn.) would hit the eventual game-winner for the Bison with 56 seconds remaining.
Regardless of the heartbreak, the Gulls have responded with diligence, not desperation. Since then, defensive intensity and unselfish play have become staples for the group, with Echevarria and senior Keith Brown racking up points on the statistics page.
Nichols may have been victorious against the Gulls a few weeks ago, but they’re still looking up at Endicott in the standings. Back-to-back road losses have plagued the team this past week, both against conference opponents.
For the Bison, Bruton has been a force for the club since opening night in November. He’s averaging 22.2 points per game this season, all while shooting an impressive 43.8 percent from the field.
Tonight’s game is a pivotal one for both sides. Tip-off begins at 7:30 p.m. between two of the top teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.