BROOKLINE, Mass. - The Nighthawks offense was off and running, starting the game on a 19-4 run in the opening 5:25, on their way to their highest point differential win of the season, a 104-61 victory over the Lesley Lynx on Thursday night in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Nighthawks senior Omar Williams (Queens, N.Y.) led all scorers with 29 points in 24 minutes off the bench. Senior Pierce Weatherspoon (Hartford, Conn.) finished with 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Tim Deng (Portland, Maine) added 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Lynx sophomore Chase Howard (San Diego, Calif.) finished with a team-high 13 points. Sophomore Jack Wadleigh (Glastonbury, Conn.) added nine points in 15 minutes off the bench.
Weatherspoon was the catalyst of the opening surge for the Nighthawks, scoring 10 points, including 3-for-3 from the floor, in the 19-4 run.
The Nighthawks widened the margin by as many as 27 in the first half with the help of a 7-0 run late in the first.
Newbury added to their lead in the second, shooting 50 percent (16-for-32) while holding Lesley to 31.6 percent shooting (12-for-38) en route to the 43-point win.
It's the largest margin of victory in program history. The previous best was on Feb. 9, 2008, when Newbury defeated Presque Isle by 37 points, 75-38.
The win moves the Nighthawks to 4-9 (2-5 NECC) while the loss drops the Lynx to 1-14 (0-7 NECC).
Both teams return to play this Saturday with the Nighthawks traveling to Becker for a 1:00 p.m. game while the Lynx host New England College at 1:30 p.m.