Tonawanda News —
AMHERST — The Daemen men's basketball team had four starters score in double figures, shot 48 percent from 3-point range and made 28 of 37 free throws to knock off rival Roberts Wesleyan College, 98-82, Friday night in front of a packed house at Lumsden Gymnasium.
The Wildcats (13-6, 10-3 East Coast Conference) extended their home win streak to 29 straight games and have now won six in a row and nine of their last 10 overall.
After the game Daemen head coach Don Silveri said that a combination of factors have helped his team so tough to beat in its home gym.
"Right now it's the longest winning streak in the nation so we're very proud of that. It's a tribute to these kids — they've been going at it for four years," he said. "A lot of it has to do with the support we've been getting. It's a Tuesday night, zero degrees out and it's another great crowd. That's part of it and it inspires the players to play better. The other part is that this group of kids — they compete. You put all those things together and it's 29 in a row."
Daemen got out to a double-digit lead early in the game on the strength of its shooting and execution in transition. The Wildcats led 49-33 at halftime and seemed poised to coast to the win, but Roberts Wesleyan hung around until the final minutes.
The Redhawks (8-9, 4-7 ECC) have struggled this season but had only allowed more than 80 points to three teams coming into the matchup with the Wildcats.
With just over two minutes to play RW closed the gap to 88-80, but that's as close as the Redhawks could get. Wildcats senior Casey Sheehan sank one of his four 3-pointers to start an 8-0 Daemen run to help the Wildcats close out the win.