STATEN ISLAND, New York – junior guards Zach Laput (Beacon Falls, Conn./Notre Dame HS) and Aaron Latham (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury HS) each established a new career with 27 and 19 points, respectively, as the Bentley University men’s basketball team shot past Goldey-Beacom College 113-70 in Friday night’s opening game of the 2022 Tournament of Heroes at the College of Staten Island.
Bentley’s 113 points was a Tournament of Heroes record and the most for coach Jay Lawson’s team since February 2016. It was also the most since February 2004 (116).
The Falcons shot a steady 60 percent for the game, hit 69 percent of their first-half attempts (20 of 29 with ten three-pointers) and buried 18 of 29 three-pointers, a .621 success rate. The 18 threes was one shy of the school record and Bentley’s effective field goal percentage was a sparkling .738.
Bentley’s lead first hit ten, 22-12 when he was a student Brian Wright-Kinsey (Brooklyn, NY/Brooks School) buried a three with about 14 minutes remaining in the first half
A 12-0 run made it a 38-20 game with eight minutes left before the break. Graduate change Matt Leritz (St.Louis, Mo./St.Louis University HS) accounted for five of the 12 with a layup and a three.
Another Wright-Kinsey three-ball pushed the lead past 20 for the first time, 53-32 with 2:42 to play.
The advantage was 30, 71-41, 16:15 to play, and once again it was a Wright-Kinsey three-pointer that brought the Falcons to that mark. By this point in the game, Bentley was shooting 68 percent overall and had buried 13 of 21 from outside the arc.
A Leritz dunk with just under nine minutes left made it a 40-point game, 89-49, and the difference peaked at 48 on a freshman three-pointer Dan Becil (New York, NY/Worcester Academy) to play with 3:41.
Laput’s 27 points came from just eight field goal attempts, all of which he made. He scored 21 points in the first half without missing a shot, knocked down two three-pointers and was nine of 10 at the foul stripe. His night also included eight rebounds, six assists and no turnovers in 26:44.
Latham scored ten points in the opening 5:20, finishing seven of nine overall and five of seven from downtown.
Also in doubles for Bentley were Wright-Kinsey with 15 points and 12 rebounds and Leritz with 14 points and eight boards. Both also had four assists.
The Falcons also received eight points apiece from Graduate Guard Mason Webb (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma/Bishop McGuinness HS) and seniors Isaac Martin (Atlanta, Georgia/Norcross HS) and Kellen Bochenek (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont HS).
Goldey-Beacom was led by sophomore guard David Aikens (Absecon, NJ) with 29 points.
The tournament resumes on Saturday, with Bentley taking on Wilmington (Del.) at noon.