Golden Bears Pull Away Late From Men's Basketball, 91-79

Armani Baker finished with nine points and 12 rebounds - his eighth game this season with double figure rebounds in the Bulldogs' 91-79 loss at Western New England on February 1, 2018.
Armani Baker finished with nine points and 12 rebounds - his eighth game this season with double figure rebounds in the Bulldogs' 91-79 loss at Western New England on February 1, 2018.

THE BASICS
Score:
Western New England 91, Dean College 79
Records: Western New England (9-11), Dean College (11-9)
Location: Alumni Health Living Center, Springfield, Mass.
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Mikey Pettway
erupted for a game-best 36 points to lead Western New England to a hard-fought 91-79 win over Dean College in non-league men's basketball action on Thursday evening.

The offensive explosion for Pettway marks the third time he has eclipsed the 30+ point barrier this season and is the sixth straight contests in which he has shot better than 50 percent from the field.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Early in the second half, Dean was actually in front 56-51 after Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) knocked down a three-pointer, but Pettway responded with five straight points to give the Golden Bears the lead.

The lead changed hands a few times over the next couple of minutes and when Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored inside for the Bulldogs, the game was tied at 62-62.

Western New England answered with an 8-0 run over a two-minute span that featured a pair of Alex Sikorski three-pointers, giving the hosts a 70-62 advantage.

The Golden Bear lead ballooned to as many as 13 at 82-69 on consecutive three-pointers from Sikorski and Mike McGuire, but Dean made one final push getting as close as six on a 7-0 spurt on five points from Booker and a layup from Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.).

Dean would get no closer, however, as Western New England went 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the final three minutes to seal the win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The game was nip and tuck for the most part and featured ten ties and 13 lead changes, but the Golden Bears took advantage of Dean's miscues, turning the Bulldogs' 21 turnovers into 33 points. Additionally, Western New England made (22) almost as many free throws as Dean (23) attempted.

Booker pumped in 28 points on 8-for-16 shooting for the Bulldogs, while Croskey (11 points, six rebounds, two blocks) and Dayvon Russell (ten points, six rebounds, three assists) joined him in double figures. Baker, meanwhile, just missed out on a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday when they jump back into conference play with a home showdown against Mitchell College. Tipoff is slated for 3:00 PM.

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