Deng's Impact Leads Nighthawks to 77-67 vs. Vermont Tech

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

BROOKLINE, Mass - Nighthawks freshman Tim Deng (Portland, Maine) exploded for a career-high 19 points while grabbing eight rebounds and setting a program-record with eight blocks leading the Nighthawks to a 77-67 win over the Vermont Tech Knights on Monday evening at Pappas Gymnasium in non-conference play.

Deng shot 9-for-10 from the field on the night while also breaking a three-way tie for blocks in a game. Senior Daivon Edwards (Roxbury, Mass.) added 23 points including 6-for-12 from beyond the arc. Senior Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.) scored 15 points and added nine assists.

Knights junior Tyrone Hilson (Chicago, Ill.) scored a team-high 19 points in 22 minutes off then bench. Sophomore Titus Smith (Elkins, W. Va.) added 17 points, including 4-for-6 shooting from deep. Senior Cameron Carter (Atlanta, Ga.) and sophomore Daniel Gill (Charlotte, N.C.) each had 13 points.

The Nighthawks opened the game with a 13-0 run in the opening 2:55, Edwards and Deng combined for all 13 points. The Knights bounced back to within seven after trailing early, still down 23-16, halfway through the opening half.

Edwards broke the lead back open, hitting on three consective shots from deep, part of an Edwards 9-0 run, giving the Nighthawks a 35-18 lead. The Knights would cut the deficit going to halftime, trailing 39-29 at half. Edwards scored 18 points in the first half on 5-for-8 from deep.

Newbury used a 15-5 run in the opening 6:42 to widen the lead to its largest margin of 20. The Nighthawks seemed poised to run away from the Knights as Newbury led 54-34.

The Knights answered immediately, embarking on an 11-2 run to get within 11. Minutes later, the Knights were on the march again, this time with a 13-2 run to trail by only five, 66-61 with 2:31 remaining.

Vermont Tech would get no closer as Nighthawks freshman and eighth-best foul shooter in Division III Miguel Rivera (Waterbury, Conn.) made his final six free throws to close out the game, as the Nighthawks held on for a 77-67 win. Deng was a perfect 5-for-5 in the second half with five blocks.

The win moves the Nighthawks to 4-11 (2-4 NECC) while the loss drops the Knights to 11-8 (8-4 YSCC). The Nighthawks return to New England Collegiate Conference play on Wednesday as they welcome the NECC's top team, the Southern Vermont Mountaineers, to Pappas Gymnasium for a 7:00 p.m. game.