LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College men's basketball team defeated visiting Newbury College, 89-80, on Saturday afternoon at the Leicester Gymnasium.
The Hawks of Becker (12-5, 8-0 NECC) were led by senior guard Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y. / Benjamin N. Cardozo) and junior forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y. / Campus Magnet), who both had career-highs in scoring with 30 points and ten rebounds. Durodola also dished out four assists while Credle posted three, shooting four of seven from behind the arc and eight of nine from the line. Freshman forward Antonio White Jr. (Middletown, Conn. / Middletown) scored nine points while pulling down a game high 13 boards and sophomore guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass. / St. John's) dished out a game-high six assists to go along with his 16 points, six rebounds and two steals. Collectively, Becker shot 49 percent from the floor, with a 53-37 advantage in rebounding.
Junior guard Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass./ Dorchester Academy) led the Nighthawks of Newbury (1-16, 1-9 NECC) with 28 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. Junior guard Daivon Edwards (Roxbury, Mass./ Brighton) finished with 15 points while senior guard Joshua Oliver (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./ Peekskill) came off the bench to score 12 points, going four-of-six from behind the arc. Senior guard Kayvon Murray (Ossining, N.Y./ Ossining) added 11 points.
After getting a feel for each other in the opening minutes, Becker quickly gained control of the game with a 14-2 run, capped off with a three pointer from White with 14:58 left in the first half to put the Hawks up by 10. Becker extended their lead to 17 when Davis buried a three-pointer with 9:31 remaining and the score at 33-16. The Nighthawks attempted to rally with a 13-4 run capped off by a dunk from Langston with 5:25 left to pull to within eight. The game went into halftime with Becker leading 48-37. Durodola lead all scorers with 17 points.
The second half saw Newbury repeatedly cut into the Becker lead, only to see the hosts answer the challenge. Oliver buried a three for the Nighthawks to pull them to within eight with 8:29 remaining in the game, but Credle immediately answered with a short jumper to get the lead back to double digits. That was the situation when the visitors went on a 10-2 run, taking advantage of Becker miscues to pull to within two on a three-pointer from Oliver with 4:45 left and the score 69-67. Durodola gave the Hawks a six-point cushion with 2:01 remaining, but the Nighthawks quickly answered with back-to-back shots from Edwards, then calling a timeout down 80-78 with 1:50 remaining. Then down four with less than a minute left, Newbury pulled to within two again on a layup from Langston.
At risk of taking their first conference loss of the season, the Hawks looked to their team captain in Kyle Credle, who buried a dagger from behind the arc with 37 seconds left. After they failed to score, the Nighthawks were forced to foul, and Becker put the game away at the free throw line.
With the victory, Becker remains undefeated in the New England Collegiate Conference, and in sole possession of first place at the halfway point of their NECC schedule.
Up next for the Hawks of Becker, the team travels to Regis College to play the Pride on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. The Nighthawks of Newbury head to Southern Vermont College to play the Mountaineers on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
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