BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nighthawks senior Omar Williams (Queens, N.Y.) took an inbound pass in the right corner and hit a spinning fadeaway 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining, marking their third straight win in February with an 89-86 win over the Bridgewater State Bears on Monday night.
Williams finished the game with 18 points and was one of five Nighthawks to score in double figures. Senior Pierce Weatherspoon (Hartford, Conn.) had a team-high 23 points. Senior Tank Roberson (Pittsfield, Mass.) match Williams with 18 points. Freshman Francisco Santiago (New Britain, Conn.) had 13 points off the bench while sophomore Tim Deng (Portland, Mass.) added 11 points.
Bears junior Ryan Carney (Easton, Mass.) finished with a career-high 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Junior Rayshon Ward (Fayetteville, N.C.) had 21 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Senior Nick Crocker (East Falmouth, Mass.) added 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
The Nighthawks final possession was almost non-existent as the Bears nearly caused a turnover on defense, but the Nighthawks managed to recover and call timeout with 3.6 seconds remaining.
Out of the timeout, Weatherspoon inbounded to a running Williams in the right corner. Williams shot came over two Bears defenders and found the net with 0.6 seconds remaining.
The Bears did have one final attempt from about 70 feet, coming from senior Bo Garcia (Highland, N.Y.). As the buzzer sounded, Garcia's attempt hit the backboard, followed by the left side of the rim and fell to the court. The attempt would have counted and forced overtime.
The Bears trailed for the entire second half but finally managed to tie the game on a Carney layup with 26.3 seconds, setting up the final play for Newbury.
The Nighthawks led by as many as 15 in the second half but Bridgewater State outscored Newbury 36-23 over a span of 11:04 to cut the game to one possession, 77-75.
The win moves the Nighthawks to 9-13 while the loss drops the Bears to 7-16.
Newbury returns to play on Wednesday, traveling to Lesley for an 8:00 p.m. game. Bridgewater State also returns on Wednesday, traveling to Worcester State for a 5:30 p.m. game.