LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College men's basketball team won 89-69 over visiting Wheelock College on Tuesday evening at the Leicester Gymnasium in Leicester.
The Hawks of Becker (11-5 / 7-0 NECC) were led by freshman forward Antonio White Jr. (Middletown, Conn. / Middletown), who scored 20 of his career-high 30 points in the second half to go along with six rebounds. White went eight-for-eight from the floor after the break, including two three-pointers. Junior forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y. / Campus Magnet) had a monster performance with 27 points, 18 rebounds and six assists. Durodola reached a double-double just 15:08 into the game, as the reigning NECC Player of the Week continued his dominant inside play of late. Senior guard Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y. / Benjamin N. Cardozo) finished with 18 points with six rebounds and four assists, while sophomore guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass. / St. John's) added seven points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Becker outrebounded Wheelock, 48-29.
The Wildcats of Wheelock (7-10 / 4-4 NECC) were led by senior guard Nicholas Fenton (East Hartford, Conn. / East Hartford) who scored 22 points while dishing out nine assists. Senior forward Anthony Williams (White Plains, N.Y. / White Plains) finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while senior guard Matthew Eason (East Hartford, Conn./ East Catholic) had 11 points.
After Becker went up 19-13 with 10:38 to go in the first period, Wheelock used a full-court press to frustrate the Hawks, finally taking the lead on a 10-2 run capped off with a three-pointer from Eason with 7:16 to go in the half. The Wildcats were in control for the rest of the period, but went into halftime leading just 39-38.
In the second half, Wheelock scored the first two baskets and continued their hot shooting, making six of their first eight shots. The Wildcats went up by eight off a layup from Fenton with 15:27 left in regulation.
Still trailing with ten minutes left in the game, the Hawks finally got back in the groove with an 8-2 rally capped off with a three from Credle with 8:15 to go, putting the hosts in front and in control. Becker pulled away down the stretch with a 14-0 run, with White going in for back-to-back dunks with under a minute left for the exclamation point.
With the victory, Becker is now 7-0 against conference opponents, maintaining their first place position in the NECC standings.
A moment of silence was held prior to the game for Becker student-athlete Gerald Owen who passed away Monday morning. Owen was an integral member of the Becker College men's ice hockey team serving as its senior captain, and an outstanding member of the Becker College community.
The Hawks of Becker are back on the court on Saturday when they play host to Newbury College in another NECC contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The Wildcats of Wheelock travel to Regis College on Thursday for an 8:00 p.m. conference game.
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