Thursday, December 21, 2006
There's plenty of holiday cheer for the Bentley College men's basketball team.
Senior center Jeff Holmes and freshman guard Jason Westrol combined for 36 points on 14-of-16 shooting as undefeated Bentley broke the record for the best start in the program's 44-year history with an 81-62 non-conference victory over visiting New Haven at the Dana Center on Thursday night.
Ranked fourth nationally in Division 2, the Falcons improved to 12-0, bettering the 11-0 start by the 1974-75 squad.
Holmes finished with 20 points and seven rebounds in just 20 minutes of play. Westrol followed with 16 points, the third straight game in which he’s improved on his career-best, and three steals. Holmes made eight of his nine field goal attempts, Westrol was six of seven, and both players made all four of their free three attempts. In the first 3:35 of the second half, Bentley opened up a 55-30 cushion. Sophomore guard Lew Finnegan of Lexington added 15 points.
Bentley resumes its Northeast-10 Conference schedule on Jan. 3 at Southern Connecticut State.
-- Craig Larson