Caldwell College Men’s Basketball Falls to Lincoln University in ECAC Finals

Credits: Matt McLagan

FAIRFIELD, N.J. – The Caldwell College men’s basketball team lost to Lincoln University, 65-49 in the championship game of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Tournament, held at Fairfield University’s Alumni Hall on Sunday. The Cougars complete their season with a record of 17-12, while the Lions improve to 20-9.

First Half
Lincoln never trailed in the first half, leading by as many as 13 points, 23-10 with 9:20 to play in the half. Six straight points from junior guard Wyatt Polk (Haddonfield, NJ / Haddonfield) brought Caldwell to within seven, 25-18 at the six-minute mark. Eventually the Lions were able to take a 33-24 advantage at the half after out-rebounding Caldwell 26-16 and holding the Cougars to 33.3 percent shooting from the field.

Second Half
An 8-0 run early in the second half extended Lincoln’s lead to 41-29 with 17:32 remaining. Caldwell battled back with a 12-2 spree, capped by a steal and a dunk by sophomore forward Billy McDonald (North Haven, CT / North Haven), that made the score 43-41 with 10:29 to play. Back-to-back threes by Derrick Washington and George Jackson started the Lions on a 20-6 run over the final 9:40 of the game to clinch the ECAC Tournament title. 

Game Highlights
  • The Cougars never got on track offensively, shooting 32.1 percent from the field for the game while committing 15 turnovers
  • Junior guard Kevin Walker (Bayonne, NJ / St. Peter’s Prep) led Caldwell with 12 points
  • Junior forward Michael Balkovic (Neptune, NJ / St. John Vianney) tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds
  • Balkovic and Polk were named to the All-Tournament Team
  • Jackson was selected the tournament’s Most Valuable Player


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