LEICESTER, Mass.- Becker College defeated Daniel Webster College 114-104 in double overtime in New England Collegiate Conference men's basketball action Thursday evening at the Leicester Gymnasium. The win lifts the Hawks record to 14-10 (11-4 NECC) while the Eagles sink to 11-13 (8-7 NECC.).
The two teams battled through 17 lead changes in the contest. In the first half, Daniel Webster jumped out to their largest lead of the game when Angelo Adon (Silver Spring, Md.) nailed a three on a pass from Ray Farmer (Nashua, N.H.) to make the score 23-15 in favor of the Eagles.
After Becker took a timeout, the Hawks responded with a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to one with 7:06 remaining in the half. With the Eagles holding a 30-28 lead, Becker freshman Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass.) hit back-to-back threes to give the Hawks a 33-30 advantage. An Angelo Adon jumper and a free-throw by each team made the score 34-33 at halftime.
Neither team could gain more than a three point advantage for the first 9:16 of the second half. With the Hawks holding onto a four point lead with 5:29 left in regulation, Reginald Finney (Ansonia, Conn.) hit a jumper to propel the Hawks on a 6-0 run. The run gave the Becker their largest lead of the game 73-63.
After Angelo Adon and Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y.) exchanged threes, Ray Farmer scored a layup to bring the Eagles within striking distance at 81-77 with 50 seconds remaining in regulation. The Eagles then took advantage of a Becker turnover when Jared Harrington (Upper Malboro, Md.) scored a layup to make it a one possession game with 17 ticks on the clock.
Nafis Streeter (Philadelphia, Pa.) would put the Hawks in front by three when on converted one of two free-throw attempts. Rondell Best's (Brockton, Mass.) game tying three point attempt fell short as Streeter picked up the rebound. A foul by Ryan Gauthier (Nashua, N.H.) sent Streeter to the line for two shots. After Streeter missed the first shot, the second shot was rebounded by Best. Best was fouled on his half court shot attempt, giving him the chance to tie the game with three free-throw shots. Best converted all three shots, sending the game into overtime.
Neither team could get in front by more than three points in the first overtime. After a layup by Jared Harrington gave the Eagles a 92-91 lead with 1:22 left on the clock, Kareem Davis hit three to put Becker ahead 94-92 . On the Eagles next possession, Ray Farmer fed Rondell Best for a layup to send the game into a second overtime.
The Hawks finally earned some breathing room with a 7-0 run with 1:17 remaining in the second overtime. The run was started with a Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y.) layup, and capped off with a pair free-throws by Kareem Davis. The Hawks converted their final eight free-throws to preserve the victory.
Kareem Davis was seven of 13 from beyond the arc to lead all scorers with 31 points. Kyle Credle and Samuel Durodola both earned double-doubles for the Hawks. Credle finished with 27 points and a game-high ten assists while Durodola tallied 26 points and a team-best ten boards. Reginald Finney rounded out the Hawks finishing in double figures with 16 points. Nafis Streeter chipped in with nine points and seven boards off the bench.
Angelo Adon led Daniel Webster 26 points off the bench. Rodell Best collected a double-double with 25 points and game-high 11 boards. Jared Harrington contributed 21 points while Ray Farmer added 16 points and seven assists.
Both teams return to action on Saturday, February 10th at 3:00 p.m. Becker will travel to Mitchell College to do battle with the Mariners while Daniel Webster heads to Southern Vermont.