BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nighthawks senior Omar Williams (Queens, N.Y.) scored a game-high 34 points, leading the Nighthawks offense to a 94-88 victory over the Eastern Nazarene Lions on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference action.
Williams finished 8-for-17 from the floor but made his impact at the foul line, shooting 15-of-17 from the stripe. Senior Pierce Weatherspoon (Hartford, Conn.) finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Tank Roberson (Pittsfield, Mass.) and sophomore Tim Deng (Portland, Maine) each finished with 16 points.
Lions junior Noah Cheney (Bend, Ore.) exploded for 27 points in 22 minutes off the bench. Junior Garrett Crandell (Bristol, Tenn.) added 20 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore David Lopez (Miami, Fla.) went for nine points and nine rebounds.
In a closely contested game where neither side led by more than nine, the Nighthawks use of an 11-3 run in the early going of the second half is ultimately what may have been enough for Newbury to hold off Eastern Nazarene. That eight-point edge in the run took the game from tied 49-49 to a Nighthawks lead of 60-52.
The Lions pulled within four points on nine different occasions in the final 13 minutes, but could never overtake the Nighthawks lead, as Newbury took home the 94-88 win.
The foul line was likely the ultimate difference maker in the game with Newbury taking 19 more free throws than the Lions. The Nighthawks shot 29-of-35 from the line, which was good enough despite the perfect 16-of-16 for Eastern Nazarene.
The win moves the Nighthawks to 8-13 (5-9 NECC) while the loss drops the Lions to 12-11 (9-5 NECC).
Newbury returns to play with a non-conference game on Monday, hosting Bridgewater State at 7:00 p.m. The Lions travel to Dean College on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. NECC contest.