WORCESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College men's basketball team defeated visiting Gordon College, 85-78, on Friday evening in non-conference action at the Kneller Athletic Center on the Clark University campus in Worcester. The Hawks of Becker, winners of four straight games going into their winter break, improve to a 6-4 overall record while the Scots of Gordon head home at 6-4.
Becker senior guard Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y. / Benjamin N. Cardozo) led all scorers with 24 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, shooting an incredible 10 of 12 from the floor. Sophomore guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass. / St. John's) made seven of nine shots to finish with 18 points. Junior guard Antonio White Jr. (Middletown, Conn. / Middletown) had 15 points with five boards while junior forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y. / Campus Magnet), the back-to-back WACBA Player of the Week, pulled down a team-high nine boards, scored 13 points in the paint and had a career-high four blocks. Freshman forward Donzell Cunningham (Linden, N.J. / Piscataway) added a career-high five points. The Hawks shots 45 percent from behind the arc and had a 15-6 advantage in points coming off of turnovers.
Gordon was led by sophomore guard Jake Haar (Huntington Beach, Calif. / Edison), scored 19 points shooting five of six from three-point range. Sophomore forward Garrisson Duvivier (Brockton, Mass. / Brockton) finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds while senior forward Sam Johnson (Chatham, Mass. / Cape Cod Academy) had a game-high 16 boards to go along with nine points and a game-high five assists.
After spotting Gordon the first two baskets of the game, Becker used an 8-2 run capped off by a three-pointer from White just 3:01 into the opening period to take their first lead of the game. The opening minutes were a veritable three-point bonanza as the two teams combined to make nine of their first eleven shots from behind the arc. The Hawks took a five point lead with 8:06 remaining in the half off a four-point play from senior guard Khairi Mosley (Elizabeth, N.J. / Piscataway Vo.) to give Becker a 30-25 lead. The Scots would soon answer with a 7-0 run to regain the lead, a stretch including two layups from Johnson. Becker concluded the period on a 6-0 run including two layups from Credle. The Hawks went into the break leading 44-39. White led all scorers with 13 points while Haar had 11 points for the Scots. Becker outshot Gordon, 50 percent to 40.5 percent, while the Scots held a 22-17 edge in rebounding.
The early going of the second half saw the teams keep trading baskets with Gordon cutting into the Becker lead but the Hawks answering to hold them off. After Haar hit a jumper to pull the Scots to within one at 50-49, the Blue and White scored the next seven points to build a buffer, with five of those points coming from Davis. Where Becker used their defense and athleticism to build their lead, Gordon used passing and three-point shooting to cut into it. After White made a layup to put the Hawks in front 64-56, the Scots rallied to take the lead with an 11-2 run, capped off with a layup from sophomore guard Noah Szilagyi (Highlands Ranch, Colo. / Thunder Ridge). Down two with 4:14 remaining in the game, Becker scored seven straight as part of a 12-3 run to put the game away. Durodola put the exclamation point on the victory with a rim-shattering dunk off a lob from Mosley with 30 seconds left.
The game was the final Becker College Athletics competition for the 2016 calendar year.
The Hawks of Becker will be back on the court on Thursday, January 5th when they play at Keene State in a 6:00 p.m. matchup. The Scots of Gordon begin their 2017 on Tuesday, January 3rd when they play host to Becker's crosstown rival, Nichols College. Tipoff comes at 7:30 p.m.
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