Hot Shooting Bulldogs Top Wildcats For Third Straight Win, 99-85

Marquez Walls was part of a group of Dean reserves that outscored the Wheelock bench, 31-14, in the Bulldogs' 99-85 win over Wheelock College on Wednesday, January 24, 2017 (Lee Testor photo).
Marquez Walls was part of a group of Dean reserves that outscored the Wheelock bench, 31-14, in the Bulldogs' 99-85 win over Wheelock College on Wednesday, January 24, 2017 (Lee Testor photo).

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 99, Wheelock College 85
Records: Dean College (10-7, 4-3 NECC), Wheelock (2-15, 0-6 NECC)
Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Time: 7:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Dean College shot a season-best 63 percent from the field and the host Bulldogs got double figure scoring performances from five different student-athletes on their way to a 99-85 win over Wheelock College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball action on Wednesday evening.

The win for Dean is their third in a row and fourth in their last five games as they begin a tough three-game road trip beginning on Saturday.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Both teams shot the ball extremely well in the opening 20 minutes and the Bulldogs went into halftime in front, 44-36.

That hot shooting continued on both sides in the second half as the teams combined for 104 points in the final 20 minutes.

Wheelock was able to get the Dean advantage down to five following a Dejuan Rodriguez hoop early in the second stanza, but after Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) knocked down a three-pointer to ignite a quick 9-0 run that saw four points come from Brandon Szlaien (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and two more from Marquez Walls (Tampa, Fla.), Dean was suddenly in front, 69-55.

The ultra-efficient combination of Rodriguez and Kiwame Crowder kept the Wildcats within striking distance and when they scored seven straight for Wheelock they seemed to be stealing the momentum as they closed to within 82-75.

Dean had the answer, however, as Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) connected on four straight free throws and then Courie Stevenson (Waterbury, Conn.) converted a three-point play to push the lead back to 12 points.

Rodriguez drilled a three-pointer moments later but then the Bulldogs sealed the win with an Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) basket and a Stevenson score that put the game out of reach.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Wheelock, which wound up shooting 54 percent from the field, got 31 each from Crowder (13-for-21) and Rodriguez (11-for-21) as they combined to shoot 24-for-42 (57 percent).

Dean, meanwhile, took a more balanced approach as Booker (24), Baker (17 points, 13 rebounds), Stevenson (13), Russell (12) and Randolf Thurman (11) all reached double figures while Szlaien and Walls each had eight.

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Southern Vermont for a 1:00 PM matchup, while the Wildcats will play host to Lesley on Saturday as well.

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