Thurman Powers Bulldogs Past Blazers

Randolf Thurman led the Bulldogs with 23 points in Tuesday's win over Elms College (Lee Testor Photo).
Randolf Thurman led the Bulldogs with 23 points in Tuesday's win over Elms College (Lee Testor Photo).

 Dean College 76, Elms College 65
Records: Dean College (7-6, 2-2 NECC), Elms College (0-13, 0-4 NECC)
Location: Picknelly Arena, Chicopee, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM

THE LEAD: Bulldog junior Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) exploded for a season high 23 points, leading the Cardinal and White to a 76-65 victory over Elms College in NECC action on Tuesday night.  

A back and forth first half finally opened up with a three pointer from Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) at the 4:30 mark to give Dean a 32-26 lead.  Moments later, a Courie Stevenson (Waterbury, Conn.) jumpshot followed by an Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I) layup stretched Dean's lead to ten and the Bulldogs went into the halftime break leading by nine.

The Bulldogs balooned their lead to 15 early in the second half on a layup from Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.), but Elms battled back and whittled the lead down to four with eleven minutes remaining.  The score remained 54-50 for over three minutes of action before a Baker layup broke the scoreless drought and gave Dean a six point lead.  A three pointer from Russell with three and a half minutes remaining gave Dean a nine point edge, and on the ensuing possession Thurman caused a turnover and raced coast-to-coast for a layup.  Dean controlled the final stretch to secure the 11 point victory. 

 In addition to Thurman's team leading 23 points, Booker added 15 points and seven assists while Russell chipped in 11 points.  Baker had 13 points and 12 boards and Stevenson scored seven off the bench. 

Dean next plays on Thursday, at home at 8:00 against Lesley University as part of a doubleheader with Dean women's basketball. 

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