High Flyin' Men's Basketball Races Past Bears, 90-63

High Flyin' Men's Basketball Races Past Bears, 90-63

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 90, Bridgewater State 63
Records: Dean College (4-2), Bridgewater State (0-5)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Josh Croskey
(Union, N.J.) had his second straight standout performance and Dean College won for the fourth time in their last five games with a convincing 90-63 triumph over Bridgewater State in non-league men's basketball action on Thursday evening.

The Bulldogs wrap up their five game homestand with three straight wins and a 4-1 mark during the stretch.

Bridgewater State, meanwhile, slips to 0-5 this season after a 2017-18 campaign that saw them win the MASCAC Tournament Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Dean actually was out in front of the Bears early on after a 17-2 run that featured three-pointers from Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.), Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) and D'caran Anderson (Compton, Calif.) and a steal and finish from Brandon Szlaien (Buenos Aires, Argentina), making the score 34-20.

Bridgewater State answered back with a 16-4 burst of their own behind a pair of three-pointers from Rayshon Ward (Fayetteville, N.C.) and five points from Jose Monteiro, Jr. (Brockton, Mass.).

The Bulldogs did get a basket from De'marquez Hadnot (Pflugerville, Texas) to go into halftime in front, 40-36.

Russell kickstarted the Dean offense in the opening minutes of the second half, scoring the Bulldogs' first seven points and when Croskey dropped in a short jumper and then had a dunk on the next possession, the hosts had their biggest lead of the game at 52-40 at the 14:30 mark.

Dean's advantage continued to balloon on back-to-back baskets from Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) and a Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) three-pointer.

The offense kept clicking for Dean and when Russell drilled another three-pointer and Ozwaldo Terrazas (Odessa, Texas) scored inside, the Bulldogs' were ahead 74-53 with less than six minutes to play.

Bridgewater State never got closer than 19 the rest of the way and the Dean lead peaked at 27 after back-to-back hoops from Russell Beck (Ghent, N.Y.) and Sean Odum (Rowlette, Texas) late in the contest.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Dean shot 56 percent from the field, including a sizzling 66 percent in the final 20 minutes. The Bulldogs had 25 assists attached to their 40 baskets and held a 38-29 edge on the glass.

Russell led all scorers with 21 points, nine assists and five steals on an extremely efficient 9-for-13 shooting, while Croskey totaled 17 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks and Baker ended with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Ward led the Bears with 17 points and five rebounds and Nick Crocker (East Falmouth, Mass.) added 11 points, six rebounds and five assists. Brian Grant (Hyde Park, Mass.) came off the bench and finished with nine points in just ten minutes on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting.

UP NEXT:
Both teams are back in action on the road on Saturday with Bridgewater State traveling to Becker, while Dean visits Wheaton.