LEICESTER, Mass. – Becker College defeated Mitchell College 93-86 in New England Collegiate Conference men's basketball action Saturday afternoon. The win lifts the Hawks record to 15-10 (10-6 NECC) while the Mariners sink 12-12 (9-7 NECC).
The first half of action saw three lead changes, with Mitchell taking the largest advantage at ten points. After a Scott Dulaire (Bloomfield, Conn.) layup put the Hawks in front early with a 4-2 lead, Mitchell went on a 12-0 run which was capped off by a Parris Hill jumper (Stockton, Calif.).
Becker began chipping away at the Mariner lead, coming within five points on five different occasions. A Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y.) layup and a pair of free throws from Rashuan Liggon (Elizabeth, N.J.) put Becker within a basket at 35-33 with 2:40 remaining in the half. After a missed layup by Mitchell's Donavan McClean (Jersey City, N.J.), Samuel Durodola put back a missed shot from David Maturah (Windsor Locks, Conn.) to tie the game at 35-35.
Becker took their first lead since 18:40 of the half when Rashaun Liggon slammed home a dunk to make the score 37-35 in favor of the Hawks. Mitchell would tie game when Parris Hill scored a layup while being fouled. He completed the old fashion three pointer to give the Mariners a 38-37 lead with 1:20 remaining in the half. Parrish Hill added a pair of free throws to close out the first period, sending the Mariners into the locker room with a 40-37 cushion.
After Frank Martin (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) opened the second half with a layup, the Hawks responded with a Rashaun Liggon layup and a three pointer from Scott Dulaire to tie game at 42-42.
The teams would exchange baskets on three different occasions before a Dovavan McClean layup and a pair of Frank Martin free throws gave the Mariners 55-51 lead with just over 15 minutes remaining in regulation.
With Mitchell holding onto a 60-57 lead with 12:28 left on the clock, Scott Dulaire scored a layup while being fouled. Dulaire converted the three point play, tying the game at 60-60. The two teams would exchange layups before a Scott Dulaire dunk and a Donovin Ford-Hayes (Windsor Locks, Conn.) three pointer gave Becker a 67-62 advantage.
After Parris Hill brought the Mariners within three with a layup, Scott Dulaire and Donovin Ford-Hayes repeated their previous acts to give Becker an eight point lead with 8:54 remaining. After Mitchell called a timeout, Scott Dulaire continued his hot streak with a layup and yet another dunk to give the Hawks their largest lead of the game at 76-64.
With Becker leading 80-71 with 5:19 on the clock, a Parris Hill Dunk propelled the Mariners on an 11-0 run to take 82-80 lead.
The Hawks took the lead back with 55 seconds remaining when Scott Dulaire made his way through a crowd of defenders for what proved to be the game winning basket. A Jessy Michaud (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) three pointer sealed the thrilling win for the Hawks.
Scott Dulaire finished with a game-high 32 points, with 25 of them coming in the second half. Samuel Durodola went six for nine from the field to finish with 15 points off the bench. David Maturah added 13 points while Donovin Ford-Hayes and Kyle Credle (Brooklyn, N.Y.) chipped in with ten points apiece. Jessy Michaud was a point away from a double-double with nine points and a game-high 11 assists.
Parris Hill paced the Mariners with a team-best 25 points while ripping down ten boards to earn a double-double. Frank Martin went ten for 11 from the charity stripe to finish with 19 points. Dovavan McClean contributed 16 points while Joshua Ford (Jersey City, N.J.) was a basket shy of a double-double with nine points and ten boards.
The two teams will meet again in the opening round of the NECC Tournament on Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Leicester Gymnasium.