Score: Dean College 111, Newbury College 104
Records: Dean College (8-4, 3-1 NECC), Newbury College (3-7, 1-3 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM
Deadly shooting and balanced scoring paced the Bulldog attack, as four starters scored at least 20 points and two, Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) and Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) scored over 30, leading Dean College to a 111-104 victory over Newbury College on Thursday in New England Collegiate Conference play.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Dean soared to an early lead, jumping ahead 8-2 in the first three minutes of action. Newbury closed the gap to 13-12 on a three-pointer from Omar Williams (Queens, N.Y.), but Dean responded with an 8-0 run capped by a Booker triple to extend the lead to 21-12.
Newbury rallied again, closing the deficit to 24-23 on a Francisco Santiago (New Britain, Conn.) three. Back and forth action ensued throughout the rest of the first half with Dean maintaining a slim but steady lead. A personal foul followed by a technical foul on Newbury allowed Dean to swell a six-point advantage to ten with seconds remaining in the first half and the Bulldogs entered the break with a 49-39 cushion.
Newbury opened the second half on a 10-2 run, highlighted by two buckets from Williams, narrowing the deficit to 51-49. After a timeout, Dean responded with nine of the next 10 points, punctuated by a three-point make from Jude Bain (Marshfield, Mass.). The freshman, starting his first game of the season, finished with three points, six steals, four assists, and three rebounds in 27 minutes.
Newbury clawed their way back once again, this time taking their first lead of the game (89-87) on a three-pointer from Tank Roberson (Pittsfield, Mass.) with five minutes remaining.
A zone busting jumper from Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) at the top of the key regained the lead for the home squad and, after trading baskets, a layup from Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) extended the Bulldog advantage to four (98-94) with 1:30 to play.
A Roberson three cut the lead late, but Bulldog free throws secured the lead and the Cardinal and White held on for the 111-104 victory, their fourth straight.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Dean's scored its second highest point total of the season, eclipsing triple digits for the second time in three games. Booker finished with a team-high 32 on 8-14 from the floor while shooting 4-7 from deep. Russell continued his dominance in the backcourt, scoring 30 points and adding six assists, five rebounds, and five steals. Baker had a season-high 22 points and also collected 15 boards and seven steals, while Croskey scored his own season-high of 20 points.
Williams powered the Nighthawks, leading all scorers with 39 points, while Roberson finished with 25 points and 11 assists.
Dean travels to Becker on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) contest. Newbury hosts Elms on Saturday in another NECC affair, tipping off at 3:00 p.m.
Release courtesy Dean Athletics.