CHICOPEE, Mass. - Nighthawks senior Tank Roberson (Pittsfield, Mass.) converted a game-winning layup with two seconds remaining, leading the Newbury Nighthawks to a 64-62 victory over the Elms Blazers on Wednesday night in New England Collegiate Conference play.
The win breaks a four-game losing streak for Newbury while the two-point win marks the first one-possession victory for the Nighthawks this season. Roberson finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Senior Pierce Weatherspoon (Hartford, Conn.) added 11 points and four rebounds.
Blazers sophomore DJ Edelen (Prince George, Va.) scored a team-high 14 points in 23 minutes off the bench. Freshman Kewan Smoot (Windsor, Conn.) finished with 13 points while freshman Justin Feliciano (Springfield, Mass.) added 11 points.
With the Nighthawks leading by three, Edelen tied the game with 25 seconds on a three-point make to match the scores at 62-62.
Following a timeout, Roberson would make the last Nighthawks possession count, weaving through the defense and converting a highly contested layup to give Newbury a 64-62 lead.
Blazers freshman David Lopez Jr. (Willimantic, Conn.) provided the last chance for Elms, but his potential game-winning three-pointer came off the back iron.
The win moves the Nighthawks to 7-13 (4-9 NECC) while the loss drops the Blazers to 3-19 (2-11 NECC). The four conference wins are the most for Newbury in five seasons.
The Nighthawks continue their season with a 1:00 p.m. tip against Eastern Nazarene College on Saturday at Pappas Gymnasium.