Franklin, Mass. - Host Dean College shot a sizzling 58 percent from the field and the Bulldogs advanced to the championship game of the inaugural Dean Bulldog Basketball Tip-Off Tournament with a 97-75 win over Pine Manor College.
The Bulldogs scored 54 points in the first half and shared the ball extremely well throughout, racking up 26 assists on their 36 made baskets.
Several student-athletes starred during the victory, led by Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.), who finished with 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) added 20 points and a game-best eight assists, while Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) notched a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds.
The Bulldogs got a boost from freshman Oswaldo Terrazas (Odessa, Texas), who provided strong minutes off the bench and ended with eight points and five rebounds in his 22 minutes of action.
Sayvonn Houston had a monster game for the Gators, posting 31 points and 14 boards (13-for-24 shooting) but went just 5-for-12 from the free throw line.
The nightcap proved to be an incredibly intense and physical contest, Bard College held off a second half Rhode Island College rally to post a 78-58 win over the Anchormen, sending them to their first loss of the season.
Alijah Rue led the Raptors with 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Bard controlled the glass, holding a 55-38 edge led by Armando Dunn, who finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Zack Jacobs came off the bench to give the Raptors a boost, ending with 12 points and four assists in 21 minutes.
After Jacobs scored early in the second half to push the Bard lead to 54-33, the Anchormen trimmed the lead down to five at 58-53.
The Raptors held on, however, as Jacobs drilled a three and Rue scored inside to give momentum back to Bard on their way to the 78-68 win.
Rhode Island College was paced by Adham Floyd and his 20 points, while Benjamin Vezele added six points, ten rebounds and four blocks.
Justin Campbell recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 boards.