Score: Eastern Nazarene 70, Dean College 66
Records: Eastern Nazarene (13-11, 10-5 NECC), Dean College (16-8, 10-5 NECC)
Location: Emerson Gymnasium, Norton, Mass.
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 1:30 PM
Garrett Crandall scored six of his game-high 23 points in the final minute of the game – going six-for-six from the charity stripe in the final 13 seconds and Eastern Nazarene escaped with a crucial 70-66 win over Dean College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action on Thursday afternoon.
The Lions victory spoiled a milestone moment for Dean junior Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.), who became just the second student-athlete in school history to go over the 1,000 point barrier when he knocked down a fastbreak three-pointer early in the first half.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The game was a back-and-forth affair with neither team leading by more than seven points at any point in the game.
There were five ties, 12 lead changes and 47 fouls called which led to 45 free throw attempts between the two teams.
Dean found itself trailing by three late in the game when Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) found Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) inside for an easy hoop that made the score 60-59 with a little more than two minutes remaining.
Crandall, however, made the play of the game when Levi Grady-White found him open on the right wing for a clutch three-pointer that gave the Lions a four-point lead with 1:01 remaining.
From that point on, Eastern Nazarene – specifically Crandall – put the game away as he himself made six free throws to seal the win for the Lions.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Crandall led the way for ENC, playing all 40 minutes, while Noah Cheney added 16 and Grady-White turned in a double-double, with 13 points and ten boards.
Booker, who reached his milestone in just 50 games, totaled 16 points and eight rebounds, while Baker had 13 points and eight rebounds of his own. Sean Odum (Rowlette, Texas) came off the bench and provided 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Both teams are back in action on Saturday for their final regular season contests. Eastern Nazarene plays host to Elms College, while Dean visits Mitchell College.