Bison Down Men's Basketball In Opener

Bison Down Men's Basketball In Opener

All-Time Series & Streaks
Nichols improves to 14-2 all-time against its Worcester-area rivals. The Bison have won the last four meetings.


Three Stars of the Game
1 – Nichols freshman Marcos Echevarria (Peabody, Mass.) – scored a game-high 33 points on 9-of-15 shooting (60.0 percent) in his collegiate debut; finished 8-of-11 from behind the arc (72.7 pct.) and also racked up seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal

2 – Nichols senior Irving Eggleston (East Lyme, Conn.) – filled the stat sheet with 17 points, six assists, four rebounds, and three steals in 30 minutes; played final 10 minutes with four fouls

3 – Becker sophomore Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y.) – tallied 17 points, eight boards, one assist, one blocked shot, and one steal in 20 minutes; canned 7-of-13 from the line


Quick Synopsis

Echevarria knocked down eight 3-point field goals en route to a game-high 33 points as the Bison overcame a sluggish first half to defeat Becker 105-85. They led by one at the break (49-48) before Echevarria exploded for 18 points in the second half. Senior Reginald Finney (Ansonia, Conn.) led four Hawks in double-figures with 19 points.


Key Stat of the Game
The Bison shot 56 percent from three-point land (14-of-25), led by Echevarria with eight triples and junior Jared Thompson (Scituate, R.I.) with four.


Turning Point
With the game knotted at 67 midway through the second half, Thompson keyed an 11-1 run by sinking a pair of three-pointers as Nichols opened up a 10-point lead (78-68). The lead never dipped below six the rest of the way.


Quick Hits
-Freshman Nate Tardy (Moodus, Conn.) registered 13 points, four rebounds, and two assists in 19 minutes in his collegiate debut for Nichols.

-Both programs shot 55 percent from the field (Becker 28-of-51; Nichols 34-of-62).

-Nichols turned 18 Becker turnovers into 32 points.

-Junior Taylor Sarrette (Keene, N.H.) posted a game-high three blocked shots. 

-Sophomore Nafis Streeter (Philadelphia, Pa.) and junior Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y.) scored 12 and 11 points for Becker, respectively.

-The Bison held a slim 31-29 edge on the glass, led by Echevarria with seven and Sarette with five. Durodola paved the visitors with eight.