BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nighthawks senior Omar Williams (Queens, N.Y.) set numerous program-records, scoring 44 points on 10-for-26 shooting and 20-for-25 from the line, leading the Nighthawks to a 107-100 overtime win over the Curry Colonels on Saturday afternoon in non-conference play at Pappas Gymnasium.
The 44-point explosion breaks a 15-year record, previously held by Julius Hobert, who scored 38 against New England College in 2003. The 20 makes from the line breaks a seven-year record, previously held by John Rowley Jr., who made 14 against Elms in 2011.
Fellow senior Pierce Weatherspoon (Hartford, Conn.) was battling for the record books too, scoring 37 points on an amazing 12-for-13 shooting from the floor. Freshman Francisco Santiago (New Britain, Conn.) added 16 points.
Colonels junior Jared Thorpe-Johnson (Dorchester, Mass.) scored a career-high 30 points, including 6-for-10 from beyond the arc. Senior Louis Stein (Mount Olive, N.J.) scored 20 points, also shooting 6-for-10 from deep.
The Colonels forced overtime with 3.7 seconds remaining in regulation with junior Alex Stein (Mount Olive, N.J.) making a pair of free throws, tying the game at 83-83.
The first half of overtime was a battle for the lead, but with the score at 92-92, the Nighthawks broke open the frame going on a 13-5 run to lead by eight, 105-97. The Colonels pulled to within five, but Williams' nine points in overtime, matched with Weatherspoon's eight points were too much for Curry to overcome.
"My teammates helped me a lot along the way tonight," said Williams. "They gave me the ball down the stretch and hit big shots. It was a great situation out there for us."
The Nighthawks trailed by as many as 11 in the second half but the Nighthawks defense locked in, creating three straight turnovers on Colonel possessions and going on an 11-2 run to erase the double-digit deficit.
The win moves the Nighthawks to 2-0 while the Colonels fall to 0-1 in their season opener. With this early success, Williams is optimistic about the Nighthawks future.
"Our expectations are to get to the playoffs and make something happen and compete for a championship," said Williams. "We have some real talent and we're gelling early. We have a lot of different players at a lot of different spots that can do a lot of things. Once we get together, improve game-by-game, we're going to make a run."
The 2-0 start is the first in over 20 years for the Nighthawks program. Newbury looks to move to 3-0 on Tuesday night as they host Clark University at 7:00 p.m. Curry also returns to play on Tuesday, hosting Regis College for a 6:00 p.m. tip.