BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Newbury College men's basketball team fell to Becker College, 81-62, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action, Saturday afternoon. Junior guard Jessy Michaud (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) shot 50% from three-point range to lead four Hawks in double figures with a game-high 24 points as they open up conference action at 1-0.
After winning the opening tip, sophomore forward Kenny Ramos (Roxbury, Mass.) put the Nighthawks on the scoreboard first with an easy lay-up but the lead did not last for very long. Michaud answered and set the tone for the rest of the day, knocking down a trey to give the Hawks the 3-2 advantage. However, a pair of free throws by senior guard Mills Carrasco (Haverhill, Mass.) re-gained the lead for the Nighthawks.
Moments later, junior guard Phil Beltran-Smith (Hartford, Conn.) knocked down a long-range three-point jumper to give the Nighthawks the two-point, 7-5 lead but they were unable to hold the dynamic Hawk offense. Sophomore guard Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y.) was terrific bringing the ball up court dishing out five assists – mainly to Michaud, junior forward Scott Dulaire (Bloomfield, Conn.) and senior guard Donovin Ford-Hayes(Windsor Locks, Conn.) as Becker took the 20-point, 44-24 lead into the looker room.
When the teams returned to the court at the start of the start of the second half, the Hawks extended their lead to 26 in the opening four minutes on a lay-up by senior forward David Maturah (Windsor Locks, Conn.). But the Nighthawks were not going to be denied and continued to claw their way back.
Midway through the period, sophomore guard Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.) connected with fellow sophomore guard Ceejae Carter (Dorchester, Mass.) at the perimeter to cut the deficit to 17 but they were unable to quell the Hawk offense. Shooting 46.7% as a team in the second half, Ford-Hayes put the Hawks back on top by 20 with a trey, extending the lead to 65-45.
Late in the contest, Ramos converted the "And-1" play after being fouled on a lay-up to bring the Nighthawks back within 15 points with 3:35 remaining the clock. But it was not enough as the Hawks were able to hold on for the 19-point, 81-62 victory.
Credle came two assists shy of a double-double, registering a game-high 12 rebounds while finishing with eight assists. Maturah followed Michaud's 24 points with 12 points of his own while Ford-Hayes and Dulaire rounded out the Hawks in double-figures with 11 and 10, respectively.
Ramos led the Nighthawks with a team-high 18 points, shooting seven-for-13 from the field and four-of-five from the charity stripe while Carrasco followed up with 13 points. Sophomore guard Daivon Edwards(Roxbury, Mass.) came off the bench and dished out a team-high four assists in the contest.
Newbury drops to 1-7 and 0-2 in conference action while Becker improves to 5-2 and 1-0 in the NECC. The Nighthawks break from conference play when they host the 13th-ranked WPI Engineers Monday night December 8th at 7:00 p.m. The Hawks will be back in action next Saturday December 13th hosting non-conference Becker College in Leicester, Mass at 1:00 p.m.