Raptors Stop Men's Basketball In Championship Tilt, 82-64

Raptors Stop Men's Basketball In Championship Tilt, 82-64

Bard College 82, Dean College 64
Records: Bard College (2-1), Dean College (1-2)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM

Led by tournament MVP Alijah Rue (Stoughton, Mass.), visiting Bard College used a balanced offensive attack on their way to an 82-64 win over Dean College in the championship game of the 2018 Dean Bulldog Basketball Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday afternoon.

The Raptors, who also knocked off previously undefeated Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon, again used their interior strength to control the glass against the Bulldogs on their way to the tournament title.

The game started out close and after Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) dropped in a three-pointer and scored on an inside finish, Dean was down just one at 34-33 but they eventually went into the locker room trailing, 41-35.

Bard came out of halftime on fire from behind the arc, drilling four straight three-pointers to blow the game open at 53-35.

Even when the Bulldogs trimmed the lead down to 14 at 62-48, the Raptors quickly pushed their advantage to 22 at 70-48, as Rogers and Zack Jacobs each connected on three-pointers and Rue had a steal and finish.

Dean never got closer than 16 the rest of the way as Bard used a variety of scorers to keep them at arm's length.

The Raptors shot 53 percent from behind the arc (10-for-19) and after holding a 55-38 edge on the glass on Saturday, they were a +10 against the Bulldogs (42-32).

Rue really stuffed the stat sheet in claiming the MVP trophy after totaling 16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Both Armando Dunn and Rogers had 17 points, while David Runcie finished with 12 points and five rebounds.

Dean was led by Booker, who ended with 18 points and five rebounds. Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.), who was named to the all-tournament team, registered 17 points of his own and Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) posted eight points and seven rebounds.

Dean is back in action on Tuesday when they host the University of Saint Joseph at 5:00 p.m.