Late Push Sends Men's Basketball Past Falcons, 70-67

Jordan Booker finished with 19 points in the Bulldogs 94-86 loss at Mitchell on Thursday.
Jordan Booker finished with 19 points in the Bulldogs 94-86 loss at Mitchell on Thursday.

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 70, Fisher College 67
Records: Dean College (2-1), Fisher College (3-3)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

THE LEAD
Down by nine points late in the second half, Dean College rallied to erase their deficit courtesy of a 14-4 run that put them in front and they never looked back, escaping with a 70-67 home-opening win over Fisher College in non-league men's basketball action on Tuesday evening.

The victory for the Bulldogs is their second in a row and the second where they were down by more than ten points in the second half.

HOW IT HAPPENED
After leading for nearly the entire first 30 minutes of action, The Bulldogs suddenly found themselves tied with the Falcons at 49-49 after DeAndre Pennington scored with 10:30 left to play.

The Bulldogs would go ice cold over the next five minutes, missing nine straight shots and the front end of a 1-and-1 and when the smoke cleared from their scoring drought, Dean found itself trailing Fisher, 58-49.

Moments later the score was 60-51, but Malik Brown (Miami, Fla.) kickstarted the game-altering run with a three-pointer and then a strong finish on the end of the break, inching the Bulldogs to 60-56.

Brown's personal 5-0 run was followed by a three-pointer play from Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) and after each team made four free throws over the next two minutes, a Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) steal and the subsequent Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) finish, had the Bulldogs in front at 65-64 with a little more than two minutes left.

A potential go-ahead three-pointer by Jamontay Thompson did not fall for the Falcons and Dean pushed its lead to three on another Russell basket.

Now in front 67-64, the Bulldogs would need one final push to secure the win. After a turnover, an intentional foul was called which gave Fisher two free throws and possession. Brandon Rembert made both of his attempts from the charity stripe but on their ensuing possession, the Falcons committed a turnover of their own.

Russell split the free throws, making the score 68-66 but Thompson returned the favor moments later and the game was still in doubt. Russell calmly stepped to the line and connected on both of his attempts and Fisher's chance for overtime disappeared when Rembert's game-tying triple attempt as time expired was long and the Bulldogs secured the win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Russell finished with a team-best 20 points, while Booker added 19 points and six steals. Baker hauled in a career-best 15 rebounds, while Croskey (nine points, three blocks, two steals) and Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) (eight points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals) were huge parts of the victory.

For his part, Rembert totaled a game-best 23 points for the Falcons to go along with six rebounds and five assists, but he did commit seven of Fisher's 27 miscues.

UP NEXT:
Dean is off until next Tuesday when they host Emerson College at 7:00 PM.

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