Score: Dean College 76, Becker College 71
Records: Dean College (4-10, 1-1 NECC), Becker College (7-8, 0-2 NECC)
Location: Alumni Gymnasium, Leicester, Mass.
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM
Kevin Clark (Miami Gardens, Fla.) drilled the go-ahead three-pointer with just over a minute left in regulation and visiting Dean College scored a huge 76-71 road win over Becker College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
The win for the Bulldogs snaps a brief two-game slide and is their third straight win over the Hawks – and their third in a row on Becker's home court.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Hawks led for most of the contest and when Guney Kilitcioglu scored inside with 13 minutes left to play, Becker had a double-digit lead at 54-44.
Things still were in the Hawks' favor at the nine-minute mark when they held a 60-51 edge and then a few minutes later their lead was suddenly back to ten at 66-56 following two free throws from Jamal Grant.
Dean slowly began chipping away as back-to-back layups from Jordan Lynch-Rexroth (Harrisburg, Pa.) and Traijan Powell (Sierra Vista, Ariz.) and then a three-pointer from Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) had the Bulldogs within striking distance at 66-63 with less than five minutes to play.
Meanwhile, Dean tightened up defensively and held Becker to just two free throws over a three-minute span as they crept back into the game.
Booker made two free throws then converted an inside hoop and after two different Hawks split pairs of free throws, D'caran Anderson (Compton, Calif.) evened the score at 69-69 with 2:25 left on a pair of his own from the charity stripe.
After Becker went ahead 71-69 on an Elijah Drummond layup and the Bulldogs came up empty on their ensuing possession, Jamir Carr had a chance to give the Hawks a two-possession lead, but he came up short on his free throws, setting the stage for Clark's heroics.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Booker led all scorers with 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Anderson added 18 of his own and Lynch-Rexroth had his second straight double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Joel Jones (Fayetteville, N.C.) was a key contributor down the stretch – assisting on Clark's go-ahead triple, collecting a crucial steal with less than a minute to play then scoring four points in the final seven seconds to secure the win.
The Bulldogs are off until Wednesday when they host Eastern Nazarene for a 6:00 PM start.