Score: Dean College 78, Mitchell College 71
Records: Dean College (12-9, 6-4 NECC), Mitchell College (11-10, 7-3 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM
Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) led a foursome of Dean College players in double figures with 20 points and the Bulldogs took a physical showdown with Mitchell College, posting a 78-71 victory in New England Collegiate College men's basketball action on Saturday.
The win for Dean avenges an early season loss to the Mariners, who entered this matchup having won six of their last seven games, including three straight.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Mitchell actually came out as the aggressor, blocking two of the Bulldogs first three shot attempts and taking an early 8-2 lead.
All the momentum swung into Dean's favor when they went on a 16-4 run that was capped by a Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) thunderous one-handed dunk over the top of Brayvon Young, making the score 23-15.
Young helped lead a rally for the Mariners, converting a three-point play that sliced the Bulldog lead down to 27-23.
Dean answered back and pushed their lead to 15 at 40-25 after Courie Stevenson (Waterbury, Conn.) banked in a top of the key jumper.
The Bulldog lead stayed in double figures into the second half and after Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) finished inside and then dropped in a leftside three-pointer, Dean was in front, 63-46.
Mitchell slowly whittled the lead down and when Steffan Brunson knocked down back-to-back three-pointers, the Mariners were suddenly within six at 74-68 with two minutes to go.
Even after a Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) jumper slowed down Mitchell's comeback bid, Domenico Santiago split a pair from the charity stripe to make the score 76-71 with 38 seconds to go.
Booker, however, was there to seal the game when he knocked down two clutch free throws with 34 seconds left.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Dean committed just nine turnovers, compared to 19 miscues by the Mariners, which the Bulldogs turned into 12 points. Mitchell did hold a 51-42 edge on the glass, but Dean had a 44-28 advantage in points in the paint.
Young led the Mariners with 20 points, while both Santiago (15 points, 15 rebounds) and Hasani Williams (15 points, 17 rebounds) had monster double-doubles.
In addition to his 20 points, Baker added 16 rebounds. Meanwhile, Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals. Booker (nine rebounds, five assists) and Thurman both ended with 14 points.
Both teams are back in action with league contests on Wednesday. Dean hosts Elms at 7:00 PM, while the Mariners welcome Wheelock at 7:30 PM.