Men's Basketball Tripped Up At Wheaton

Men's Basketball Tripped Up At Wheaton
THE BASICS

Score: Wheaton College 84, Dean College 69
Records: Wheaton College (7-1), Dean College (4-3)
Location: Emerson Gymnasium, Norton, Mass.
Date: Saturday, December 1st, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM

THE LEAD:
A jumper by Dean senior guard Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) cut the Wheaton College advantage to 64-61 with seven minutes remaining, but the visiting Bulldogs would get no closer, as the Lyons outscored the Cardinal and White 20-8 down the stretch and prevailed 84-69 on Saturday in Norton, Mass.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
The red-hot Bulldogs (winners of three straight and four out of the last five) got out to a slow start in the first half, trailing by as many as 11 midway through the opening period.  

Dean rallied with a 16-6 run to close the gap to one (36-35) at the end of the first half.  The Bulldogs got hoops from Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.), Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.), Armani Baker (Pawucket, R.I.), and two three pointers from De'marquez Hadnot (Pfluegersville, Texas) during the run. 

A layup from Baker and a triple from Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) gave Dean a 40-36 lead early in the second half and from there the teams traded baskets for the first five minutes of the half. Wheaton took the lead back (46-44) with just under 15 minutes remaining and never relinquished control. 

A layup from Duaka Ekwensi and a three pointer from Riley Tetreault swelled the Wheaton advantage to 60-51 with eight minutes to play. Dean responded with another spurt, highlighted by another three pointer from Hadnot and the jumper from Thurman that got the lead to three, but Wheaton outpaced the Bulldogs down the stretch. 

The home squad scored 20 of the final 28 points and rolled to the 84-69 win. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

Thurman led all Bulldog scorers with 17, while Booker added 15 points and five rebounds.  Russell had seven points, six rebounds, and five assists, and Hadnot added 9 off the bench on 3-5 three point shooting.

Ekwensi led all scorers with 30 points for the Lyons, while Tetreault added 18 and nine rebounds. 

Dean shot 45% from the field (27-60). Wheaton finished 33-62 (53%). Wheaton dominated points in the paint, outscoring Dean 46-18. The Bulldogs were outrebounded 39-22 and trailed 17-4 in points off turnovers despite an even 11-11 tally in turnovers for both teams. 

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs travel to New England College for a 6:00 p.m. tip against their New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) opponent.