First impressions? The Bentley College men's basketball is ready for the postseason.
Junior forward Nate Fritsch scored 18 points in only 18 minutes and the Falcon defense yielded under 50 points for the eighth time as undefeated Bentley rolled to its 27th straight win, crushing Saint Anselm College 77-43 in the quarterfinals of the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs Tuesday night in Waltham.
With the victory, Bentley broke the New England Division 2 record for most consecutive wins, displacing the 26-straight by the 1971-72 Falcon team from the history books. It also marked the ninth straight year that coach Jay Lawson’s club has won at least one game in the tournament.
Bentley, ranked second nationally in Division 2, will host fourth-seeded Bryant, a 79-62 winner of American International, in Thursday’s semifinals (7 p.m.). The other semi will pit number three Saint Rose at second-seeded Pace.
Fritsch (7 of 10 from the field) knocked down four of five 3-pointers and also had three rebounds, three assists and one steal. He was followed in the scoring column by freshman guard Jason Westrol with 13 points and eight rebounds, and senior post Jeff Holmes with 10.
-- Craig Larson
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