Score: Dean College 106, Newbury College 103 (OT)
Records: Dean College (6-4, 1-0 NECC), Newbury College (1-8, 0-1 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) scored eight of his career-best 28 points in overtime and host Dean College took a tug-of-war battle with Newbury College, 106-103, in New England Collegiate Conference men's basketball action on Tuesday evening.
Croskey's huge effort offset a monster performance from the Nighthawks' Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.), who was on the attack from the opening tip and finished with 33 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Although the game had 11 ties and four lead changes, it always seemed as if Dean was in control as they led by double digits for much of the second half and were still in front by 11 when Courie Stevenson (Waterbury, Conn.) scored inside to make it 77-66 with less than eight minutes to play.
Newbury, however, used the hot shooting hand of Wayne Massey to get back into the game as he connected on four three-pointers in the second half alone. Massey's final three-point bomb of the half gave the Nighthawks their first lead of the second half at 85-83 with 3:17 left.
With less than a minute left in regulation, Dean found itself down by two, 88-86, but they were able to even the score when Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) found Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) for an inside hoop with 14 seconds left.
In the extra session, Massey came out firing, connecting on yet another triple but that was answered by Malik Brown (Miami, Fla.) with a three of his own.
Things looked tilted in the Nighthawks favor as Miguel Rivera finished on the interior and Langston made one of his signature strong drives to the hoop to give the visitors a 95-91 edge.
Dean wasted little time jumping back in front as Booker spun in two baskets and Croskey continued his stellar outing with a mid-range jumper.
Croskey and Booker continued to lead the charge for the Bulldogs as Croskey made another jumper and then muscled his way inside for another hoop while Booker took a Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) pass and scored again, pushing the Dean advantage to 103-99.
Langston kept the Nighthawks close by making a pair of free throws, but once again Dean had the answer, this time in the form of another Thurman assist to Stevenson who converted, making the score 105-101 with 34 seconds left.
After Langston again made two free throws, Thurman went to the line and split a pair giving Newbury hope of forcing double overtime but Davion Edwards' three-point shot from 30-feet grazed the front of the rim and fell into Thurman's hands, sealing the win for the Bulldogs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
In addition to Langston's standout effort, Massey added 22 of his own off the bench and Rivera totaled 17 points and Tim Deng provided a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
For the Bulldogs, Croskey really stuffed the stat sheet with his aforementioned 28 points while adding 15 rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
Baker totaled 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Booker recorded 24 points of his own to go along with six assists and five steals.
Both Brown and Stevenson came off the bench and had nine points each, with Brown corralling five rebounds and Stevenson dishing out six assists.
Both teams are back in action on Thursday with league contests. Dean College hits the road for a 5:30 p.m. meeting with Mitchell College, while the Nighthawks host Elms College at 7:00 p.m.