Milestone Moment: Russell Leads Men's Basketball Past Elms, 97-71

Milestone Moment: Russell Leads Men's Basketball Past Elms, 97-71

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 97, Elms College 71
Records: Dean College (10-4, 5-1 NECC), Elms College (3-11, 2-4 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Dayvon Russell
(Naugatuck, Conn.) pumped in a game-high 28 points, becoming the first player in Dean College history to eclipse the 1,000 point barrier as the host Bulldogs surged past Elms College, 97-71, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball action on Tuesday evening.

Russell's milestone basket came courtesy of a rightside three-point bomb that dropped through the nets with a little more than 12 minutes left in the second half, pushing the Dean lead to 22 and temporarily stopping the game so that the assembled crowd could congratulate the senior lead with a loud round of applause.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
The early portion of the contest was neck-and-neck, and Elms even held the lead a few times until Dean embarked on a 19-3 run that turned a close game into a 41-26 first half advantage. The Bulldogs' run featured ten points from Russell and a steal and breakaway two-handed dunk by Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.).

Dean's lead ballooned to 20 points when Nick Sampeck (Blanco, Texas) found Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) for an easy inside hoop, but the Bulldogs eventually settled for a 52-34 halftime edge.

After Russell's history making three-pointer made the score 72-50 midway through the second half, Elms never got closer than 19 points the rest of the way and the Bulldogs' lead peaked at 27 after baskets from Tyrone Smith-McCray (Brockton, Mass.) and Jude Bain (Marshfield, Mass.).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Dean committed a season-low nine turnovers in the game, while the Blazers recorded 24, which the Bulldogs promptly turned in 27 points.

In addition to his 28 points, Russell added seven rebounds, while Baker notched another double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Meanwhile, Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) totaled 19 points and six assists, while Croskey tossed in 17 of his own.

Kewan Smoot came off the bench and finished with 19 points for Elms, who got 19 points and six assists from Justin Feliciano.

UP NEXT:
Both teams are back in action on Thursday with Dean visiting Eastern Nazarene, while Elms plays host to Becker. Tipoff in both games are slated for 7:00 PM.