Men's Basketball Claws Past Wheelock, 93-84

Men's Basketball Claws Past Wheelock, 93-84

LEICESTER, Mass.- The Becker College men's basketball team completed their season series against Wheelock College in New England Collegiate Conference play tonight with a 93-84 victory. The Wildcats fall to 5-18 (2-12 NECC) while the Hawks improve to 13-10 (8-6 NECC).

Wheelock had a sluggish start and found themselves down 12-0 after five and a half minutes of action but used torrid shooting from behind the arc to take the lead.
The Wildcats went on an extended 41-23 stretch that included 11-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc and, at one point, a series of four consecutive trifectas featuring three by sophomore guard Derek Fournier (Johnston, R.I.).
The Hawks scored the last four points of the opening stanza to cut their deficit to 41-39 at the break.

Becker duplicated and then exceeded their effort from the first half as they opened the second period on a 15-0 surge to reclaim a comfortable 54-41 cushion at the 16:31 mark.

Wheelock, however, did not let the visitors run away with the contest and fought their way back. In a little under 10 minutes, the Wildcats had six different players score during a 33-20 surge that knotted the game at 74-74 aided by 10 points from rookie guard Blake McNamara (Rutland, Mass./Leicester).

Directly following a Becker timeout, the Hawks got a big 3-pointer from senior guard Donovin Ford-Hayes (Windsor Locks, Conn./Windsor Locks) and were able to cling to their lead by icing the contest at the charity stripe.
Wheelock cut their deficit back to three twice in the final five minutes but Becker eventually pulled away for the 93-84 victory.
The Wildcats featured six scorers in double-figures for a balanced attacked led by sophomore forward Anthony Williams (White Plains, N.Y.) with 15 points and nine rebounds. Classmate Matthew Eason (East Hartford, Conn./East Catholic) and rookie Lawrence Christmas (Garner, N.C./Athens Drive) each added 14 while McNamara chipped in 13 off the bench. Fournier and sophomore Nicholas Fenton (East Hartford, Conn.) had 12 apiece. Fenton contributed game-bests of nine assists and five steals.
The Hawks put all five starters in double-figures featuring a game-high 19 points from sophomore guard Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y./Benjamin Cardozo). Senior forward David Maturah (Windsor Locks, Conn./Master's School) had a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards while junior Jessy Michaud (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Archbishop McCarthy) added 18 points and a team-high eight assists.
Wheelock continues their NECC slate with the last home game of the season on Thursday night against Regis at 8:00 p.m. Becker faces off against Daniel Webster on the road at 5:30 p.m.