Score: Becker College 75, Dean College 70
Records: Mitchell College (13-11, 8-5 NECC), Dean College (14-10, 8-5 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Samuel Duradola made two clutch free throws with 16 second left as part of a huge offensive second half and Becker College held on for a 75-70 win over Dean College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball action on Wednesday evening.
Duradola, who finished with a game-high 32 points, scored 21 of those points in the second half in his second straight game with 30 points or more.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After opening the second half tied at 36-36, the visiting Hawks scored the frame's first nine points before back-to-back baskets from Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) cut he Dean deficit to five.
Halfway through the second half, however, Becker had pushed their lead up to 62-50 as Donzell Cunningham made a short jumper, scored inside off of a feed from Dewayne Thomas and then knocked down another midrange shot.
Even after Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) made three straight baskets for the Bulldogs, the Hawks still remained in front as Durodola continued to control the interior and when he scored inside again, the visitors were sporting a 69-59 lead with 5:48 to play.
Becker went cold though, going scoreless for more than four minutes of game action and Dean took full advantage, slowly whittling away the Hawk lead. Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) was the catalyst for the Bulldogs, scoring seven points in a 9-0 Dean spurt that cut their deficit to 69-68 with 1:29 to go.
Once again Becker went inside to Duradola and his basket gave them a three point advantage, but a nifty reverse layup from Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) had Dean within one at 71-70 with 21 seconds left.
After Duradola made both of his aforementioned free throws, the Bulldogs still had a chance to force overtime, but Booker's top-of-the-arc three-point attempt was short and was gobbled up by Kareem Davis, who sealed the win with two free throws.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Becker ended up shooting 50 percent from the field and had 20 assists attached to their 29 baskets.
Conversely for the Bulldogs, despite committing a season-low seven turnovers, Dean went just 4-for-15 from behind the arc and missed six free throws.
In addition to Duradola's huge night, Cunningham joined him in double figures with 16 points and eight rebounds.
The Bulldogs had four players reach double figures, led by Baker's 17 points and nine rebounds, while Croskey just missed out on a double-double as well, finishing with 14 points and nine boards of his own. Both Booker (12 points, four assists) and Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) (12 points, six rebounds also reached double figures.
Dean returns to action on Saturday when they wrap up their regular season at Wheelock, while the Hawks host Mitchell on Saturday as well.