Nighthawks Suffer Two-Point Loss at Salve Regina, 69-67

Nighthawks Suffer Two-Point Loss at Salve Regina, 69-67

NEWPORT, R.I. - Seahawks freshman Mikey Spencer (Abington, Mass.) finished with a team-high 22 points in 25 minutes, coming off the bench, helping the Salve Regina Seahawks to a comeback win 69-67 over the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday afternoon in non-conference play.

Seahawks sophomore Cameron Collins (Oakdale, Conn.) scored 17 points and pulled in 12 rebounds. Sophomore Jonathan Friburg (North Attleboro, Mass.) scored nine points to go with eight rebounds.

Nighthawks senior Omar Williams (Queens, N.Y.) finished with a game-high 26 points and added six assists. Senior Pierce Weatherspoon (Hartford, Conn.) added 22 points on 8-for-18 shooting while freshman Francisco Santiago (New Britain, Conn.) scored 11 points.

The Nighthawks held a two-point lead heading into the half but the Seahawks came out of the locker room with a 17-4 scoring run in the first 7:42 of the second to take a 56-45 lead. 

Newbury managed to pull within four, going on a scoring run of 9-2 in the middle of the half to trail 58-54.

Holding a four-point lead, Seahawks senior Kevin Mannix (Barrington, R.I.) made a clutch layup with 38 seconds remaining to give Salve a 68-62 lead.

Santiago made a three-point shot as time expired but it wasn't enough as Salve Regina held on for the two-point win.

Both teams struggled offensively down the stretch with Salve shooting 32 percent in the second and the Nighthawks shooting 31 percent. Salve produced 30 points in the final 20 minutes; Newbury managed just 26 in the second half.

The win moves the Seahawks to 3-4 while the Nighthawks drop to 2-3.

Newbury continues their season on Tuesday, travelling to Emmanuel College for a 7:00 p.m. game.