Score: Dean College 94, Becker College 86
Records: Dean College (15-7, 9-4 NECC), Becker College (5-17, 4-9 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM
D'caran Anderson (Compton, Calif.) led five players in double figures with a career-high 27 points and Dean College rallied to take down a hard-charging Becker College squad, 94-86, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball action on Wednesday evening.
The win for the Bulldogs is their fourth straight but more importantly catapults them into a tie for second-place in the league standings with three regular season games remaining.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Hawks were in control for most of the first half and went into intermission in front, 41-36, after a strong opening 20 minutes by Mateus Ribiero (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass.) as that duo combined for 20 points.
Becker maintained their lead through the early portion of the second half, but the Bulldogs evened the score at 51-51 when Ozwaldo Terrazas (Odessa, Texas) converted a three-point play off of an excellent feed from Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.).
Dean tied the score three more times until they snagged their first lead since early in the first half on an Anderson three-point bomb, making the score 69-67.
The lead changed hands three more times over the next few minutes and the Hawks found themselves in front following a three-pointer from Davis that made the game 77-74 with 5:55 left.
Less than a minute later, Dean embarked on a game-sealing run that first found them knot the score at 78-78 following free throws from Anderson and Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.).
The Bulldogs then drilled back-to-back three-pointers – first from Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) and then a desperation connection from Booker as the shot clock expired.
Now in front 84-78, Baker grabbed another offensive rebound and scored inside giving the Bulldogs their biggest lead thus far.
Davis cut the Dean advantage down to 88-83 on a long three-point make and after a Booker inside hoop, Antonio White, Jr. (Middletown, Conn.) knocked down a triple of his own, making the game 90-86 with 1:02 to play.
Thurman, however, sealed the game with a layup over the top of two defenders and then made a pair of free throws to put the game away.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Anderson made seven three-pointers to go along with five rebounds, while Booker totaled 19 points, ten assists and six rebounds.
Baker, meanwhile, notched another double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds and Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) just missed out on a double-double of his own with nine points and ten rebounds.
Davis paced the Hawks with 22 points, four rebounds and five assists, while Ribiero added 18 points and White, Jr. totaled 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday when they visit Elms College, while Becker plays host to New England College on Saturday as well.