BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nighthawks newcomer, senior Tank Roberson (Pittsfield, Mass.), made an immediate impact in his first game with Newbury, scoring 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, to go with a program-record 13 assists, as the Nighthawks held off the Southern Vermont College Mountaineers in a 95-89 win on Tuesday evening in New England Collegiate Conference play.
It's the first win for Newbury over the Mountaineers since Feb. 1, 2014, breaking an eight-game losing streak by the Nighthawks to SVC.
Roberson also added six rebounds in 36 minutes. Senior Omar Williams (Queens, N.Y.) scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting. Junior Wayne Massey (Gwynn Oak, Md.) scored 18 points in 19 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Tim Deng (Portland, Maine) added 15 points.
Mountaineers senior Andre Hodo (Silver Spring, Md.) scored 23 points to go with 16 rebounds, both team-highs. Sophomore Donnell Frayer Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md.) scored 22 points and added 10 rebounds. Senior Josh Borders (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) added 17 points.
Newbury looked in control, holding a 17-point lead early in the second half, having shot 58.3 percent up to their biggest lead of the game.
The defending champs didn't go without a fight, battling their way back in the game with a 10-0 run to trail 78-73. Borders and Hodo each scored four points in the run.
The Nighthawks recovered to lead by 11 with 7:07 remaining but the Mountaineers finally got within one possession on a 14-5 run to trail 91-89 with 1:25 to go.
After a Nighthawks miss and offensive rebound, Williams delivered a dagger three-pointer as the shot clock expired, giving the Nighthawks a 94-89 lead. Newbury added a free throw in the final seconds in the six-point win.
The Nighthawks break their six-game losing streak and improve to 3-6 (1-2 NECC) this season. The Mountaineers fall to 8-4 (2-2 NECC) in the loss.
The Nighthawks return to play on Thursday as they travel to conference foe Dean for a 5:00 p.m. tip. Southern Vermont also returns Thursday, hosting Becker at 7:00 p.m. in NECC action.