Nighthawks Lose Heartbreaker to Dean College, 70-66

Photo Credit: Noelle Sass
Photo Credit: Noelle Sass

THE BASICS
Score:
 Dean College 70, Newbury College 66
Records: Dean College (5-3, 2-0 NECC), Newbury College (3-4, 1-1 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Down by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, Dean College used a smothering trap that helped them get back in the game and eventually deliver a thrilling 70-66 win over Newbury College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action on Wednesday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Bulldogs were down seven at halftime when the Nighthawks opened up the second half on a 14-7 spurt that saw them move in front, 44-30 and Newbury was still ahead 46-32 with less than three minutes left when Savannah Olsen (Battle Creek, Mich.) scored inside.

Incredibly, Dean closed the quarter on a blistering 15-2 run over the final 2:27 of the frame to slither their way back into the game. Shania Springer (Bayshore, N.Y.) started the spurt with a pair of free throws, then Chantell Lopez (Meriden, Conn.) got free for an easy hoops and Jamaya Cleveland (Greensboro, Ga.) followed that up with a three-point play to move the Bulldogs to within seven.

Later, after Nicole Romero (Winchendon, Mass.) dropped in a wing jumper, Dean found itself down just 48-44 as the final seconds of the period ticked away. A rebound off of a missed free throw by the Nighthawks found its way into the hands of Morgan Turner (Winter Haven, Fla.), who fed Cleveland for a buzzer-beating three-pointer that banked home as the quarter expired.

The teams traded the lead a few times in the early stages of the fourth period but when Shannon Rosensteel (Weston, Fla.) scored inside and then Sophia Church(Rochester, Mass.) connected on a left-side three-pointer, Dean was in front 54-50. 

After an Olsen layup stemmed the tide for Newbury, the Bulldogs were right back at it as Romero knocked down a three-point bomb of her own and then converted a conventional three-point play to give Dean a 60-53 advantage.

It started to look as if the Bulldogs might blow the game open when Romero drilled another triple, upping the Dean edge to nine at 66-57 with less than three minutes left. Newbury did not go away, however, as Jaymesha Sanders (West Haven, Conn.) scored twice inside and when Destiny Spears (Arnold, Md.) finished with contact and made the subsequent free throw, suddenly the Nighthawks were within three with ten seconds left.

Church, however, stepped to the line and made one of two free throws to make the contest a two-possession game, ending any hopes of a Newbury comeback.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
After being outscored 15-6 in the second quarter, Dean scored 47 second-half points, outscoring the Nighthawks by 11.

For large portions of the game, it seemed to lack flow as the teams combined to commit 52 fouls and go 42-for-65 from the free throw line.

Statistically, the game was pretty close, with both teams shooting right around 35 percent from the field and Newbury holding a slight 46-42 edge in rebounds, while the Bulldogs' reserves outscored the Nighthawk bench 23-6.

Spears finished with game-highs with 18 points and 14 rebounds to go along with five steals, while both Sanders (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Olsen (13 points) joined her in double figures.

Dean, meanwhile had five student-athletes reach double figures, led by Turner's 15 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists. Cleveland totaled 14 points, four steals, and three assists, while Romero continued her stellar play of late, ending with 13. Both Church and Springer added ten points apiece for the Bulldogs who have now won four of their last five games.

 

UP NEXT:
Dean returns to action on Saturday when they continue league play with a visit to Elms College to close out their first semester of action. Tip time for that contest is slated for 1:00 PM. Newbury will play host to league rival Mitchell on Saturday as well.

 

Article Courtesy of Dean College Athletics