BROOKLINE, Mass. - The Clark University Cougars finished with five players scoring at least 16 points, all led by sophomore Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.), who scored 22, as the Cougars handed the Newbury Nighthawks their first loss of the season, 112-96, on Tuesday evening from Pappas Gymnasium.
Davern shot 9-for-18 on the night and added eight rebounds. Sophomores Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.) and Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) each scored 18 points with Gayman adding 10 assists. Freshman Joel Arteaga (Wyncote, Penn.) added 17 points off the bench while junior Brandan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) scored 16 points.
Nighthawks senior Omar Williams (Queens, N.Y.) continued his blazing start to the season, scoring a game-high 41 points on 16-of-30 shooting. Senior Pierce Weatherspoon (Hartford, Conn.) added 18 points in 38 minutes. Sophomore Tim Deng (Portland, Maine) finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.
The Cougars held a slim lead heading toward halftime, but Davern's five points at the end of the half gave Clark some breathing room, leading 54-46 after 20 minutes.
In the second half, Newbury pulled to within six at the closest point, but the Cougars charged ahead with the help of a 16-5 run to lead 91-74. The Cougars never looked back from that 17-point lead with the help of Arteaga's six points in the scoring run.
The Cougars get their first win of the season, improving to 1-1 while the Nighthawks take their first loss and fall to 2-1.
Newbury has nearly two weeks between games, returning to the court on Monday, Nov. 26 as they host Regis College for a 7:00 p.m. tip. The Cougars carry on with the Lafrance Hospitality Classic, hosted by UMass Dartmouth on Friday and Saturday. Clark will begin the Classic with a 7:00 p.m. Friday tip against UMass Dartmouth.