Score: Dean College 85, Mitchell College 75
Records: Dean College (17-8, 11-5 NECC), Bay Path University (16-9, 10-6 NECC)
Location: Yarnall Athletic Center, New London, Conn.
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM
Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) came off the bench and finished with 18 points and eight rebounds in just 21 minutes to spark Dean College to a huge 85-75 road win over Mitchell College on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball action.
The win for the Bulldogs allowed them to secure the third seed in the upcoming conference tournament, meaning they will now host a playoff game on Tuesday evening. It also avenges an 83-79 loss to the Mariners back in January.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Despite struggling mightily from behind the arc (1-for-15), Dean was still able to shoot nearly 52 percent from the field in large part because of the trio of Croskey, Sean Odum (Rowlette, Texas) and Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.), who combined to shoot 21-for-32 from the field.
Mitchell never led by more than three points at any point during the game and that was late in the first half. With the Mariners in front 35-33, Croskey made back-to-back baskets to put the Bulldogs ahead, kickstarting a half-ending 10-2 run that sent Dean in front, 42-37, at the half.
The Mariners battled back in the second half and put themselves back on top when Hasani Williams converted a conventional three-point play, giving the hosts a 51-49 edge.
Dean answered back almost immediately, running off nine straight highlighted by a three-point play of his own by Baker.
The Bulldogs never trailed again and eventually pushed their lead out to ten at 72-62 following a Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) jumper. Then Dean closed out the contest by going 5-for-6 from the free throw line and Croskey punctuated the win with a one-handed dunk as time expired.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) finished with a game-high 21 points and five assists, while Baker registered yet another double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Odum (12 points) and Russell (10) also finished in double figures for the Bulldogs.
Dean, seeded third, will host sixth-seeded Newbury College, in an NECC Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday. The winner of that contest will travel to face second-seeded Eastern Nazarene in a NECC semifinal game on Thursday.