Dec 05, 2013
Worcester, Mass. – Down by double digits before most fans were able to settle into their seats, Clark University used an 14-2 run late in the second half to rally for a hard fought 66-56 win over Worcester-area rival Becker College in non-league men's basketball action on Thursday evening.
The win for the Cougars pushes their record to 6-2 overall, while the Hawks have dropped three straight and now sit at 3-4.
Becker came out firing racing to a 10-0 lead, highlighted by five points from Donovin Ford-Hayes (Windsor Locks, Conn.) and a Scott Dulaire (Bloomfield, Conn.) two-handed dunk in traffic less than four minutes into the contest.
Conor Dow (Needham, Mass.) finally stopped the run with a top of the key three-pointer but the lead grew to as many as 11 on a couple of occasions in the first half, the last time coming on a Ford-Hayes finish from Chris Canady (Newark, N.J.) that made the score 31-20 with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
A 15-3 spurt that spanned the final minute of the first half and the first five of the second stanza gave the Cougars their first lead on a deep three-pointer from Tyler Huffman (East Hartford, Conn.). The run, which started with four straight points from Nicholas DaPrato (Marshfield, Mass.) to end the first half, also featured hoops from Andrew Musler (Belmont, Mass.), David Mercier (Milford, Mass.) and Marcus Armstrong (Malden, Mass.).
The lead changed hands five more times over the next seven minutes until a DaPrato three-pointer knotted the game at 47-47 with 7:18 remaining.
DaPrato's three-point bomb kickstarted the game-changing run that lasted a little more than five minutes and saw Clark go from a three point deficit to a 58-49 lead.
Becker did not go quietly, cutting the Cougar advantage to four on a Terrell Shelton (West Warwick, R.I.) three-pointer and a Ford-Hayes jumper.
Clark, however, went 7-for-9 from the charity stripe over the final 1:12 to seal the win.
The Cougars, after shooting just 30 percent from the field in the first half (6-for-20), made 44 percent of its second half tries (12-for-27). Conversely for the Hawks, they made 41 percent of their first half shots, but connected on only 33 percent in the final 20 minutes.
Ford-Hayes was brilliant for the Hawks, finishing with a game-high 25 points on 11-for-22 shooting while playing the entire 40 minutes. In addition to Ford-Hayes, both Tyler Roberson (Irvington, N.J.) and David Maturah (Windsor Locks, Conn.) had eight points, and Dulaire added six points and a game-high nine rebounds.
DaPrato scored 13 of his team-best 20 points in the second half, while Huffman chipped in with ten points. Armstrong had his best game of the season, totaling nine points, six rebounds and three assists.