Bridgewater, Mass. – Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) pumped in a career-high 29 points to lead the visiting Dean College men's basketball team to an 81-73 non-conference victory over Bridgewater State University on Saturday afternoon at the Tinsley Center.
Score: Dean College 81, Bridgewater State 73
Records: Dean College (4-2) | Bridgewater State (4-4)
Location: Tinsley Center, Bridgewater, Mass.
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After a relatively slow start for both teams Kendall Hamilton (Lakeville, Mass.) came off the bench to spark the Bulldogs with a barrage of three-pointers that turned a close game into a 25-16 advantage.
Dean continued to fire the three-pointer and went into intermission ahead 40-28 thanks to a 9-for-17 performance from behind the arc in the opening half.
After the Bulldogs extended the lead to 15 in the early stages of the second half, the Bears converted three consecutive layups to make it a nine-point game (47-38) with 15:45 showing on the scoreboard.
Bridgewater, however, went scoreless over the next four-plus minutes as the Bulldogs reeled off nine straight points highlighted by layups from Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) and Marquez Walls (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) to take a 56-38 advantage.
Trailing by 14 (71-57) in the latter stages of the second half, back-to-back trifectas from Rocky DeAndrade and Jermaine Ward pulled the Bears to within eight points at 71-63, but Booker answered at the other end of the floor with a jumper to get the Bulldogs' lead back up to ten, 73-63, with less than minutes left to play. The Bulldogs then went 6-for-7 at the free throw line in the final minute to secure the 81-73 victory.
Dean shot 44 percent (29-66) for the game and 48 percent (12-25) from three-point range, while the Bulldogs went 11-for-17 (65%) at the charity stripe.
With Hamilton leading the way, the Bulldog reserves outscored the Bear backups, 20-2.
In addition to Booker who scored 29 while connecting on six three-pointers, got 16 from Hamilton, 12 from Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) and ten points, seven rebounds and seven assists from Thurman.
The Bulldogs are back in action in Tuesday night when they host Lasell, kicking off a trio of games for Dean.