LEICESTER, Mass. – Regis College overcame a fifteen point deficit in the first half to defeat Becker College 63-56 in New England Collegiate Conference men's basketball action Thursday evening. The win lifts the Pride record to 8-5 (3-1 NECC), while the Hawks sink to 7-6 (2-2 NECC).
The Hawks shot 52 percent from the field in the first half. With 4:54 remaining in the half, Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y.) drove to the hole for a layup to give the Hawks their largest lead of the game at 29-14.
After Regis coach Nate Hager called a timeout, Chris Keaton (Beverly, Mass.) began the comeback with a three pointer, propelling the Pride on a 14-3 run to end half.
Ethan Peana (Staten Island, N.Y.) opened the second half by pulling Regis even closer with layup while being fouled. He converted the free-throw shot to make the score 32-31 in favor of Becker. Regis completed the comeback when Jordan Monts (Springfield, Mass.) nailed a three from the near corner.
Becker refused to go down easily as they regained the lead on a Scott Dulaire (Bloomfield, Conn.) fast break dunk.
The Pride responded with a 7-0 run to take a 41-35 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining.
Becker would pull within one point a couple of times, but the Pride always had an answer. Ethan Peana had what proved to be the knockout punch when he hit a three pointer with 1:49 remaining on the clock.
Jordan Monts paced Regis with a game-high 16 points. Chris Keaton and Jeff Tagger Jr. (Brockton, Mass.) chipped in with nine points apiece
Hector Heredia (Lawrence, Mass.) and Chris Leak Jr. (New Haven, Conn.) went three for three from the field to finish with seven points each.
Becker senior Donovin Ford-Hayes (Windsor Locks, Conn.) shot 50% from beyond the arc to finish with a team high 12 points. David Maturah (Windsor Locks, Conn.) contributed ten points, while Scott Dulaire dished out a game high seven assists. Dulaire also scored nine points and had a game high six steals.
Regis will shoot for their third win in a row when they host NECC rival Elms College on Saturday, January 17 at 1:00 p.m. The Hawks return to action on Tuesday, January 20 when they travel to Southern Vermont at College at 6:00 p.m.