Score: Dean College 76, Lesley University 62
Records: Dean College (14-9, 8-4 NECC), Lesley University (12-11, 7-5 NECC)
Location: Nichols Athletic Center, Cambridge, Mass.
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Dean shot 50 percent from the field, including 50 percent from behind the arc and the visiting Bulldogs won for the third time in as many games, posting a 76-62 win over Lesley University in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball action on Saturday evening.
The win for the suddenly surging Bulldogs is actually their seventh victory in their last nine games and rockets them into a second place tie with Mitchell College with two regular season games remaining on the schedule.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) led a contingent of four in double figures for Dean with a game-high 24 points as the Bulldogs avenged a loss to the Lynx earlier in the season.
In tonight's matchup, Dean seized control of the contest with a 14-2 run midway through the first half that featured baskets from Booker, Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.), Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.), Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) and three-pointer from Malik Brown (Miami, Fla.).
After settling for a 36-22 halftime edge, the Bulldogs saw its lead dip below double figures in the early stages of the second half as Joey Martin and Jordan Bellitti combined to score the half's first five points.
That lead quickly grew to 13 at 44-31 when Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) knocked down a three-pointer a few minutes later.
Lesley made a run that cut the Bulldog advantage to two at 48-46 after a 15-2 run of their own that punctuated by three-pointers from Martin and Will Gibson.
Dean wasted little time rebuilding their lead as a pair of three-point bombs from Booker and another from Brown created some breathing room.
The Lynx made one final push, getting as close as seven points after a Marquise Johnson score on the interior and Chase Howard split a pair of free throws.
Dean bumped its lead back up to ten after a Russell three-pointer and a Croskey jumper with 2:55 left and when Russell canned another from behind the arc, the Bulldogs were in front by 13 with less than two minutes to play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
All in all, Dean connected on ten three-pointers and shot better than 50 percent from the field and behind the three-point line for just the second time this season.
In addition to Booker's huge night, Russell finished with 15, Thurman had 12 and Baker chipped in with ten of his own.
Dean returns home on Wednesday for a crucial home contest against Becker. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 PM.