Nighthawks Fall Short in 102-95 Shootout Loss to Dean

Nighthawks Fall Short in 102-95 Shootout Loss to Dean

BROOKLINE, Mass. - Bulldogs junior Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) and Nighthawks senior Pierce Weatherspoon (Hartford, Conn.) stole the show, but it was Booker and the Dean Bulldogs who came away with the 102-95 win over the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference play.

Booker matched a career-high scoring 37 points on 13-of-24 shooting, including 7-of-11 from deep. He added five assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Senior Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds while senior Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) scored 20 points.

Weatherspoon went for a career-high 43 points on 15-for-23 shooting, including 9-of-16 from beyond the arc. The nine made shots tie a program record set by now assistant coach Daivon Edwards. He added eight rebounds and three assists. Senior Omar Williams (Queens, N.Y.) added 23 points while Tank Roberson (Pittsfield, Mass.) finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists.

Dean was in control early in the second half, leading by as many as 11, but the Nighthawks came through with a 15-4 run to tie the game at 69-69 with 11 minutes remaining. 

Over the next 4:30, the Bulldogs restored an eight-point lead, 89-81 with 6:15 remaining. The Nighthawks again fought back, using an 8-2 run to cut the game to one possession with 3:23 remaining.

But Booker and Baker would settle the Bulldogs nerves, carrying the team to their final 13 points of the game. 

In the final minute, Weatherspoon had the chance to cut the deficit to one, but his three-point attempt came up well short and the Bulldogs iced the game on foul shots in the 102-95 win.

The win moves the Bulldogs to 14-7 (8-4 NECC) while another close loss drops Newbury to 6-13 (3-9 NECC).

The Nighthawks travel to Elms on Wednesday night for their next match, a 7:00 p.m. tip with the Blazers. The Bulldogs host Becker at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night.