Nor'Easters Slip By Men's Basketball In OT Thriller, 103-102

Nor'Easters Slip By Men's Basketball In OT Thriller, 103-102

University of New England 103, Dean College 102
Records: University of New England (3-6), Dean College (5-4)
Location: Harold Alfond Arena, Biddeford, Maine
Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM

Nor'Easter swingman Daron Hodges, Jr. dropped in the game-winning three-pointer with 33 seconds left and then Drew Muniz delivered a block of a potential go-ahead basket in the waning moments and host University of New England took a thrilling, 103-102 overtime decision over Dean College in non-league men's basketball action on Sunday afternoon.

The two teams went back-and-forth in the extra session, with two ties followed by four lead changes.

A three-pointer by Gavin Dibble made it 101-100 in favor of the hosts with 1:23 to go, only to have Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) net a corner jumper with 52 seconds on the clock and swing the Bulldogs back in front, 102-101. It was Booker's attempt that Muniz deflected to come up short, and Dibble tipped the rebound to a teammate who was fouled with 0.1 remaining.

After a high-scoring first 36 minutes, the sides combined for just seven points over the last four minutes of regulation, sending the game into overtime, knotted at 94-94.

The fact the game even went into an extra session was remarkable as the Bulldogs trailed by as many as 13 in the first half and after getting as close as one in the early stages in the second half, they found themselves down by 12 with less than 14 minutes to go.

Dean rallied and eventually took an 82-80 lead after a 21-7 run in just four minutes that featured layups from Malik Brown (Miami, Fla.) and Marquez Walls (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) and three-pointers from Walls, Booker and two more from Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.).

The lead changed hands five more times and it looked as if the hosts would take the game in regulation after going up 94-91, but Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) made a free throw and then Booker evened the game on an acrobatic finish with 43 seconds remaining sending the game into the extra session.

Overall, the game had ten ties and 11 lead changes with both teams shooting around 43 percent each.

UNE hoisted 47 three-pointers, connecting on 15, while the Bulldogs made up for that deficit by going 26-for-36 from the charity stripe.

Dean put five players in double figures led by 19 points, five rebounds and eight assists from Thurman. Baker, meanwhile, finished with a monster double-double of 18 points and 19 rebounds and Booker totaled 18 points and four steals of his own.

Bulldog reserves Brown and Walls each had career-high 15 points off the bench, combining to go 11-for-16 from the field.

Dean is off until Tuesday, January 9 when they host Newbury College to open up NECC action.

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