BROOKLINE, Mass. - The Nighthawks led by as many as 12 in the second half but couldn't hold the lead, falling to the Elms Blazers 97-91 in overtime on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Blazers freshman Justin Feliciano (Springfield, Mass.) scored a career-high 25 points, including 13-for-16 from the line. The 13 made foul shots ties a program record at Elms. Sophomore D.J. Edelen (Prince George, Va.) added 17 points while freshman Kewan Smoot (Windsor, Conn.) scored a career-high 16 points off the bench.
Nighthawks senior Tank Roberson (Pittsfield, Mass.) finished with 40 points in a full 45 minutes, including 14-for-21 from the foul line. The 14 made foul shots also matches a program record. Senior Omar Williams (Queens, N.Y.) added 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Sophomore Tim Deng (Portland, Maine) had nine points, nine rebounds, and six blocks.
Tied at 82-82, Smoot headed to the line with 20 seconds left but came up empty on both shots, setting up a game-winning opportunity for the Nighthawks.
With time winding down, Roberson drove to the basket, leaving Williams open in the right corner for a shot. His attempt was long, as time expired, resulting in overtime.
Elms began the overtime with four straight points in the opening minute to lead 86-82. The Nighthawks scored the next five points to take a one-point lead.
A Blazers 6-0 run in response gave Elms a 92-87, a lead they would never surrender. The Blazers outscored the Nighthawks 15-9 in overtime, coming from behind for a 97-91 win.
Newbury led 44-34 at the half but theNighthawks offense sputtered coming out of the locker room while the Blazers started the half on a 14-3 run to tie the game at 47-47.
The Nighthawks bounced back to lead by 12 with 6:31 remaining, but Elms used a 17-5 run over 4:30 to tie the game at 79-79 with 2:01remaining.
The win moves the Blazers to 3-10 (2-3 NECC) while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 3-8 (1-4 NECC).
Both teams return to play on Tuesday. The Nighthawks travel to Eastern Nazarene while the Blazers head for Dean College. Both games start at 7:00 p.m.