WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --- The Becker College men's basketball team's magical 2016-2017 season came to an end at Williams College on Friday night as they lost 91-63 to the host Eephs in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Division III National Championship in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Playing before a partisan crowd, the Hawks of Becker (19-9) were led by junior forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y. / Campus Magnet), the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year, with 16 points and ten rebounds. Senior guard Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y. / Benjamin N. Cardozo) finished his storied collegiate career with 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals while sophomore guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass. / St. John's) contributed nine points.
The Eephs of Williams (20-8) were led by junior guard Mike Greenman (Linwood, NJ / St. Augustine Prep School) with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Daniel Aronowitz (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Academy) finished with 18 points and five boards while sophomore guard Bobby Casey (Scranton, PA / Scranton Prep) had 12 points while junior guard Cole Teal (Chesterton, IN / Chesterton HS) added ten.
After Williams scored the opening basket, Becker took a 7-2 lead off a short jumper from Durodola. Davis had the hot hand early, burying his first three three-pointers of the game and finishing the first half with nine points. The Eephs kept coming back, tying the game at 14 on a layup from sophomore center Michael Kempton (Scottsdale, AZ / Brophy College Prep) with 13:15 left in the opening period and going ahead on a three from Casey with 10:34 to go. Williams then took control with a 27-0 run as they put on a three-point clinic, shooting 61.1 percent from behind the arc in the first period. The Eephs went into halftime leading 52-27, led by Greenman with 15.
In the second half, Williams continued to pull away, leading by as much as 44. Becker never gave up, going on a late 15-5 run.
Earlier in the night, the University of Scranton rallied to defeat Oswego State, 82-77 in overtime in the first game of the Williams bracket. Scranton will face the Eephs in the second round on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.
It was a difficult end to an incredible season for Becker, a run that saw the Hawks win their first 11 NECC games and saw both Credle and Durodola join the Becker 1000 point club. Credle joined Durodola in earning NECC All-Conference first team honors, while Davis emerged as the Conference Tournament MVP, as well as earning second team recognition. Freshman forward Antonio White Jr. (Middletown, Conn. / Middletown) took home the NECC Rookie of the Year award. Although both Credle and senior guard Khairi Mosley (Elizabeth, N.J. / Piscataway Vo.) will be leaving the program to graduation, the foundation for the Hawks' future is set for the years to come.
Congratulations to the whole team on the conclusion of their season.
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