BOSTON, Mass. – Becker College defeated Wheelock College 70-67 in New England Collegiate Conference men's basketball action Tuesday evening at Winsor Court. The loss puts the Wildcats at 5-11 (3-5 NECC), while the Hawks improve to 8-8 (5-2 NECC).
Becker used the first 3:49 of the contest to gain a 9 point, 15-6 lead, but 2 back-to-back layups from junior forward Anthony Williams (White Plains, N.Y.) and a Derek Fournier (Johnston, R.I.) three would even things up at 17 apiece. The Hawks would then use the next few minutes to build up a slight lead at 24-20, but another pair of Williams layups and a three, this time by junior forward Devin Brown(Chicago, Ill.), would give the Wildcats a three point lead with 5:51 to go in the half. The first half remained even from there, with both teams heading into the locker room with 35 points.
While the second stanza started evenly, it was a trio of converted three pointers that allowed Becker to keep its slight edge. Freshman guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass.) hit an impressive 6 threes on the night as part of his 24 points for the Hawks. Davis went 6-8 from three point range, going 8-14 from the field and 2-2 from the charity stripe. Also coming up big for Becker was Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y), who chipped in with 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a block.
At the final 10 second mark, Nicholas Fenton (East Hartford, Conn.) tallied two in the paint to pull the Navy and Gold within a point, but Becker capitalized on a pair of freebies to earn another 3 point lead. With posession and 8 seconds to go, Wheelock looked to shoot from beyond the three point arc but just couldn't convert, as Becker left the city with a 70-67 conference victory.
Williams led all players on the floor with a 30-point/11 rebound double-double to add onto his 2 assists and block. Classmate Joe Reedy (Orlando, Fl.) chipped in with 9 points, 3 rebounds and 4 steals overall.
Wheelock returns to action on Thursday, January 28 as they host Regis College for an 8:30 p.m. contest. Becker picks back up again on Saturday, January 30, when they travel to Newbury at 2:00 p.m.