LEICESTER, Mass. --- Senior forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y. / Campus Magnet) scored 30 points with 16 rebounds as the Becker College men's basketball team won 80-64 over visiting Mitchell College in New England Collegiate Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the Leicester Gymnasium.
Durodola, playing in the final regular season game of his storied career, set the Becker All-Time career scoring mark for the school's NCAA era with 13:32 to go in the first half when he buried a three-pointer to put the Hawks up 19-4. The basket gave the senior 11 points for the game at that point, having come into the game just eight points short of the previous scoring record held by Terrance Favors ('12) at 1646 points. Durodola's game total gave him 1668 points for his career.
The Hawks of Becker (14-11, 9-5 NECC) also received 26 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals from junior guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass. / St. John's). Junior guard Jalen Robinson (Queens, N.Y. / Manhasset) finished with nine points and three assists while sophomore forward Antonio White Jr. (Middletown, Conn. / Middletown) and junior forward Bernard Broaster (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Charles W. Flanagan) each pulled down six boards off the bench. On the defensive end, Durodola posted three steals and a block.
The Mariners of Mitchell (13-12, 9-5 NECC) were led by junior guard Steffen Brunson (West Haven, Conn. / Hill Regional Career) with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Junior forward Domenico Santiago (Port St. Lucie, Fla. / Port St. Lucie) finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while sophomore forward Marvin Baker (Navarre, Fla. / Navarre) added ten points and four boards.
In arguably their best start to a game this season, Becker jumped out to a 21-4 lead, a run capped off with a Kareem Davis jumper. The Hawks extended their lead to as much as 26, going into halftime leading 48-28. Davis led all scorers at the half with 21 points.
Mitchell would rally in the second period, slowly chipping away at the Becker lead before pulling to within nine on a Santiago jumper with 5:58 to go in the game. The Hawks answered with a 12-2 run, sealed by a free throw by Robinson with 1:17 left to help put the game away.
Prior to the game, Durodola was recognized by coaches, teammates, family and friends as part of Senior Day. Saturday marked his 97th game played for the Hawks and his 80th start. Durodola led the Hawks to the 2017 NECC Championship, winning Player of the Year honors in the process. Although his time as a student-athlete may soon be coming to a close, he will forever be part of the Becker community.
With the victory, Becker clinches the number two seed in the upcoming NECC Championship Tournament. Both teams await official verification of their opponents in next week's conference playoffs.
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