Salve Regina Eliminated From Division III NCAA Tournament

WestConn men's basketball advances to play second ranked Middlebury in NCAAs Second Round following 89-67 win over Salve Regina

DANBURY, CT (Mar. 3) – The Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team, behind DaQuan Brooks' (Atlanta, GA) 27 points, defeated Salve Regina University, 89-67 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championships at Feldman Arena on Thursday night.

The Colonial, 22-5, advance to play at second-ranked Middlebury (VT) College on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Panthers, currently 25-1, are ranked second in the latest D3Hoops.com poll. WestConn, the Little East Conference regular-season co-champions, is rated 23rd in the same poll.

This is the seventh time WestConn has advanced to at least second round in its 11th NCAA Tournament appearances. They made it as far as the Elite Eight in 1990 before falling to Washington College in overtime, 107-103.

Brooks, the Little East Conference two-time Player of the Year, scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the first half as WestConn raced out to a 51-37 advantage at intermission. He buried 11 of 21 shots from the floor including four of 11 from beyond the three-point arc.

Senior Wilburt Jarrett (Hartford, CT) and John Phillips (Hartford, CT) added 19 and 17 points, respectively for the winners. Junior Mark Redding (Waterbury, CT) pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and Phillips gathered 10 caroms for the winners.

Salve Regina, the Commonwealth Coast Conference Champions, end the season at 17-11.

It was led by Dan Royce (Mahwah, NJ) who poured in 16 points. Point guard Ryan Birrell (Hope, RI) led the Seahawks with seven assists and 10 rebounds.

WestConn never trailed in the contest and held a double-digit advantage from the 11:55 mark of the first half until the final buzzer.

Much of the Colonials' success was due to four of Salve Regina's post players saddled with foul trouble. Joshua Fuhrmeister (Bonn, Germany) was whistled for three fouls while Royce, Jeff Bielefeld (Littleton, MA) and Scott St. Lawrence (Litchfield, NH) each had two personals called on them before the recess.

WestConn's biggest lead of the game was 24 points, 69-45 following a jumper by Jarrett with 11:45 remaining in the game. It's lead would not get below 16 points the rest of the way.

Newspaper Box Score

WESTERN CONNECTICUT 89, SALVE REGINA 67

SALVE REGINA (17-11)
Dan Royce 7-8 2-5 16; Isiah Pringle 4-7 0-0 9; Windell Hinkson 4-18 0-0 9; Joshua Hohlfelder 4-5 0-2 8; Joshua Fuhrmeister 3-4 0-0 7; Patrick Dinneen
2-9 2-4 6; Ryan Birrell 1-8 4-10 6; Scott St. Lawrence 1-2 0-0 2; Jeff Bielefeld 1-3 0-0 2; William Smiley 1-1 0-0 2; Bradley LeBlanc 0-0 0-0 0; Alex La Rosa 0-0 0-0 0; Tyler Sienkiewicz 0-0 0-0 0; Alex Pratt 0-0 0-0 0; John Williamson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-66 8-21 67.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT (22-5)
DaQuan Brooks 11-21 1-2 27; Wilburt Jarrett 8-15 1-2 19; John Phillips 4-9 9-11 17; Gary Robinson 3-9 0-0 7; Russell Payton 2-3 2-2 6; Rob Bentil 2-3 1-1 5; Jengodji Gates 1-5 0-2 3; Ryan Pelletier 1-4 0-0 3; Mark Redding 1-8 0-0 2; Joseph Setaro 0-0 0-0 0; David Addy 0-1 0-0 0; Shawn Mobilio 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-79 14-20 89.

Salve Regina……………… 37 30 – 67
Western Connecticut……….. 51 38 – 89

3-point goals–Salve Regina 3-20 (Joshua Fuhrmeister 1-2; Windell Hinkson 1-9; Isiah Pringle 1-3; Ryan Birrell 0-2; John Williamson 0-1; Patrick Dinneen 0-3), Western Connecticut 9-27 (DaQuan Brooks 4-11; Wilburt Jarrett 2-5; Ryan Pelletier 1-4; Gary Robinson 1-2; Jengodji Gates 1-4; Russell Payton 0-1). Fouled out–Salve Regina-Dan Royce, Western Connecticut-None. Rebounds–Salve Regina 40 (Ryan Birrell 10), Western Connecticut 52 (Mark Redding 12). Assists–Salve Regina 21 (Ryan Birrell 7), Western Connecticut 26 (David Addy 6). Total fouls–Salve Regina 19, Western Connecticut 20.
Technical fouls–Salve Regina-None, Western Connecticut-None. A-377

2011 NCAA DIVISION III MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND
WESTCONN ADVANCES TO PLAY MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE IN SECOND ROUND
ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5 AT 7 PM