Nighthawks Nearly Complete Comeback, Fall Short 95-91 vs. Regis

Nighthawks Nearly Complete Comeback, Fall Short 95-91 vs. Regis

BROOKLINE, Mass. - Pride senior Jordan Seldon (Everett, Mass.) finished with a team-high 25 points and chipped in five rebounds and five assists, as the Regis College Pride held off the Newbury Nighthawks 95-91 on Monday evening at Pappas Gymnasium in non-conference play.

Seldon sot 8-of-13 from the floor and a perfect 7-for-7 from the line. Senior Ademola Afonja (Staten Island, N.Y.) added 21 points in 26 minutes. Senior Shawn Wedderburn (Bronx, N.Y.) finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Nighthawks sophomore Tim Deng (Portland, Maine) scored a game and season-high 29 points to go with 14 rebounds for his first double-double this season. Senior Pierce Weatherspoon (Hartford, Conn.) scored 21 points and added six rebounds and six assists. Senior Omar Williams (Queens, N.Y.) finished with 11 points and 11 assists for his first double-double this season.

After a competitive first half, Regis finished the frame on a 6-1 run to gain some breathing room and hold a 47-39 lead at the half. The Pride shot 18-for-34 in the first half, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. 

The Pride started the second half just as they ended the first, expanding their lead to 11 points on multiple occasions early in the second.

Leading 66-55 with 13:04 to go, the Pride seemed to be in control, but the Nighthawks fought back with a 14-3 run to come back and tie the game at 69-69 with 9:23 remaining. The Nighthawks didn't hold the lead in the second until a three-point make from Weatherspoon gave Newbury a 78-76 lead with 5:28 to go; the Nighthawks first lead since 10-7 in the first.

The lead changed hands four times down the stretch before returning to the control of the Pride, who used a crucial 7-2 run to take an 89-85 lead.

The Nighthawks cut the deficit to 93-91 with two seconds remaining but couldn't come up with a steal on the last inbounds play. The Pride added two points in the final seconds to win 95-91.

The win moves the Pride to 4-2 while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 2-2.

Newbury returns to play on Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. road match at Salve Regina. The Pride with host Wheaton College on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.