Score: Dean College 102, Newbury College 95
Records: Dean College (14-7, 8-4 NECC), Newbury College (6-13, 3-9 NECC)
Location: Pappas Gymnasium, Brookline, Mass.
Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Dean College topped the 100-point plateau for the fifth time this season and standout guard Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) erupted for a career-high tying 37 points and the visiting Bulldogs swept a season series with Newbury College by grabbing a 102-95 win on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After an early 12-point lead for Dean, the game was within striking distance for the remainder of the contest as both teams shot the ball extremely well.
Dean's lead moved to as many as 11 in the second half following free throws from Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) and a three-point play from Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.), but that advantage was quickly erased after Omar Williams and Pierce Weatherspoon combined to score 13 of the Nighthawks' next 15 points to even the score at 69-69 as part of a 15-4 Newbury burst.
The Bulldogs responded and pushed their lead back to nine when Booker and D'caran Anderson (Compton, Calif.) dropped in three-pointers and Booker and Russell finished inside, making the score, 89-81.
Newbury never went away as another Williams three-pointer closed the gap to two at 96-94 with less than two minutes to play.
Dean converted six of eight free throws in the final minute and Booker was able to get a piece of a Williams three-point attempt in the final 20 seconds to help secure the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the field for the game, including 57 percent in the final 20 minutes. For the game, Dean shot 50 percent from behind the arc (13-for-26), led by Booker who made seven of his 11 three-point attempts.
In addition to his 37 points, Booker added four rebounds and five assists while playing all 40 minutes.
Russell added 20 points (7-for-13 field goals), while Baker notched another double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds.
Those performances help offset a monster performance from Weatherspoon, who connected on nine three-pointers enroute to 43 points. Williams totaled 23 points and Tank Roberson ended with 12 points, ten assists and five rebounds.
Dean is off until Wednesday when they host NECC rival Becker at 7:00 PM.