Men's Basketball Tripped Up By Saints In Season Opener, 72-71

Men's Basketball Tripped Up By Saints In Season Opener, 72-71

Emmanuel College 72, Dean College, 71
Records: Emmanuel College (1-2), Dean College (0-1)
Location: Andy Yosinoff Court, Boston, Mass.
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM

Led by a balanced offensive attack that saw five players in double-figures, the Emmanuel College men's basketball team erased a 12-point halftime deficit to come-from-behind and top Dean College, 72-71, Thursday evening in non-conference men's basketball action.

After falling behind 6-0 to open the game, the Saints put together a 7-0 spurt capped with a three pointer by sophomore Jack Moulder take a brief 7-6 lead early in the first half. It would be the hosts only lead of the period as Dean would go on to shoot 51 percent from the field in the stanza to take a 41-29 lead heading into the break, powered by eight points from Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) on a perfect 2-for-2 from the field and 4-for-4 performance from the free throw line.

The Bulldogs maintained a double-digit lead until Zachary Crisafulli converted and old fashion three point play to pull the Saints to within nine at 45-36 with 16:26 to play.

The squads traded hoops until the 13-minute marker when the Emmanuel comeback started with an 8-0 run fueled by four points from Anthony Davidson to make it a one-possession game at 51-49 Dean with 10:38 left in the half.

A fast break layup by Marcus Fox (Danbury, Conn.) tied that game at 53-53 before Joe Tamburro put the Saints ahead with a triple to make it 56-53 with less than eight minutes to play. The Saints never trailed from that point on, but Dean made it an exciting finish, tying the game up four times down the stretch at 60, 62, 64 and 66 on baskets by Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.), Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) and twice by Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.).

Fox put Emmanuel on top for good with a layup with 1:14 left in regulation and following a defensive stop, a put back layup by Davidson with 23 seconds remaining made it a two-possession game at 70-66.

After quickly trading baskets, Booker connected on a three in transition to cut the lead to 72-71 with less than 10 seconds to play. A quick foul put the Saints at the line but two misses in the double-bonus allowed the Bulldogs for a chance to take the lead. Dean came down but was unable to get a shot off for the win, turning the ball over with one second left on the clock resulting in the 72-71 final.

Booker led all scorers with 19 points on an 8-for-17 shooting performance for Dean while Baker chipped in with 14 points. Russell totaled 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while D'caran Anderson (Compton, Calif.) had nine points in just 11 minutes.

Dean will host the Bulldog Tip-Off Tournament this weekend, playing Pine Manor College to begin the tournament on Saturday, November 17th at 12:00 PM.