CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman forward Sam Jean-Gilles (Melrose, Mass.) registered a double-double on 11 points and 11 rebounds, and junior guard Osanto Marc Jr. (Kissimmee, Fla.) added a game-high 17 points to lift the Regis College men's basketball team to a 69-58 win over New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) opponent Wheelock College on Thursday evening. The win marks the Pride's fifth straight as they improve to 8-10 overall, 7-3 NECC. 

Regis shot a modest 43.5% (20-46) from the floor, but outrebounded Wheelock 41-26, and also edged the Wildcats in points in the paint 34-24.

Down 40-30 at halftime, Wheelock was able to chip away at the deficit, cutting the lead to five after a freshman forward Anthony Williams (White Plains, N.Y.) layup with 9:51 on the clock. That was as close as Wheelock would get, however, as Regis put together a 17-8 run the rest of the way, including five clutch free-throws from senior guard Ryan Chambers (Abington, Mass.) to seal the victory.

The first half was a back-and-fourth affair, as the lead changed hands four times. Marc Jr. netted 11 first-half points and got the Pride out to a quick lead, scoring the games first four points.

After knotting up the game three times, Wheelock took a short-lived lead at the 9:50 mark, as senior guard Paul Coucci (Dartmouth, Mass.) knocked down a three-pointer, giving the Wildcats a 20-19 lead. The teams then traded baskets with Wheelock taking the lead one more time with 7:11 to go in the half before Regis closed out the half with a 19-9 run and a 10-point lead.

Marc Jr. added six rebounds to go along with his 17 points, while Chambers netted 13 points for the Pride. 
Wheelock was led by sophomore forward Joe Reedy (Orlando, Fla), who had 18 points and five rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench, while Williams had 12 points. Coucci also contributed 10 points for the Wildcats.
Wheelock (1-16, 0-9 NECC) will continue conference play on the road on Saturday, Feb. 1st when the Wildcats take on Mitchell College at 1 p.m. Regis will also be in action on Saturday, at 7 p.m., when the Pride will host Becker College.

Release courtesy of Wheelock Sports Information