Men's Basketball Hits Key Shots Late, Topples Golden Bears, 70-60

Men's Basketball Hits Key Shots Late, Topples Golden Bears, 70-60

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 70, Western New England 60
Records: Dean College (3-2), Western New England (2-3)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Monday, November 26, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) and Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) knocked down back-to-back three-pointers with less than two minutes to play and host Dean College secured a 70-60 win over Western New England University in non-league men's basketball action on Monday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Both teams came out ice cold, combining to connect on just five of their combined 30 first half three pointers but it was the Golden Bears who held the lead for most of the first 20 minutes until consecutive hoops by Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) gave the Bulldogs their first lead at 24-23.

A Zachary Tavitian three pointer early in the second half put Western New England back in front, but a steal and finish from Brandon Szlaien (Buenos Aires, Argentina) was followed by a Russell steal and eventual three-pointer from Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.), giving Dean their biggest lead of the evening at 35-30.

The contest was still close at 45-42 minutes later when Baker scored inside, Croskey made a free throw and Russell splashed in a three-pointer, making it 51-42.

Tavitian hammered home a two-handed dunk but that was sandwiched around a pair of D'caran Anderson (Compton, Calif.) three-point bombs – the second of which gave Dean a 57-44 edge with less than five minutes to play.

A little less than two minutes later, however, the Golden Bears had the lead down to four after three-pointers from Jon Lyons and Mike McGuire – the last one making the game 61-57 with 2:09 to go.

That set the stage for Thurman and Russell who buried the game-sealing three-pointers less than 40 seconds apart.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The much anticipated matchup between Booker (21.3 points per game) and Mikey Pettway (30.0 points per game) never materialized, as Booker finished with a season-low seven points before fouling out and Pettway shot just 4-for-16 from the field, including 0-for-6 from behind the arc, on his way to 13 points.

The stars of the contest proved to be interior stalwarts Croskey and Tavitian. Croskey racked up his first double-double of the season, ending with 15 points, 13 rebounds and three assists, while Tavitian recorded a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds.

Russell collected 15 points for Dean, who got production from its bench in the form of Ozwaldo Terrazas (Odessa, Texas) and Anderson. Terrazas had seven points and four rebounds in a very energetic ten minutes of action, while Anderson nailed three long three-pointers.

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs return to action Thursday when they host Bridgewater State beginning at 6:00 PM. Western New England hits the hardwood on Wednesday when they welcome Commonwealth Coast Conference rival Roger Williams.