LEICESTER, Mass. --- Junior forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y. / Campus Magnet) scored 34 points as the Becker College men's basketball defeated visiting Mitchell College, 102-88, on Saturday at the Leicester Gymnasium in New England Collegiate Conference action.
Durodola filled the stat line for the Hawks of Becker (17-8, 13-3 NECC), shooting 75 percent from the floor, pulling down eight rebounds, dishing out four assists and swatting away two blocked shots. Freshman forward Antonio White Jr. (Middletown, Conn. / Middletown) had one of his best games of the season with 22 points, ten rebounds and three steals. Sophomore guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass. / St. John's) scored 22 points while dishing out a career-best nine assists and shooting 50 percent from behind the arc. Senior guard Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y. / Benjamin N. Cardozo), playing in his final career regular season game, contributed seven points with four rebounds, while fellow senior guard Khairi Mosley (Elizabeth, N.J. / Piscataway Vo.) scored six. Freshman forward Donzell Cunningham (Linden, N.J. / Piscataway) came off the bench to score nine points with three rebounds. Collectively, Becker shot 20 of 24 from the free throw line, good for 83.3 percent. Their 102 points was their highest output this season.
The Mariners of Mitchell (7-18, 7-8 NECC) were led by sophomore guard Gemel McLeod (New London, Conn. / Maloney), who came off the bench to score 18 points while junior guard Brayvon Young (Port St. Lucie, Fla. / St. Lucie West Centennial) finished with 15. Junior guard Alan Morgan (Port St. Lucie, Fla. / Port St. Lucie) had 14 points with a game-high nine assists while sophomore Domenico Santiago (Port St. Lucie, Fla. / Port St. Lucie) posted 13 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Freshman forward Hasani Williams (Miramar, Fla. / Hallandale) chipped in eight points and seven rebounds.
In the first half, the two teams went back and forth with Becker leading as much as nine while Mitchell refused to go away. The hosts went into halftime leading 47-44.
In the early second half, the Mariners took their largest lead of the game when they surged forward to take a 60-55 lead off a three-pointer from Young with 15:24 left. The Hawks answered with a 10-0 run capped off with a three-point play from White, going up five with 11 minutes to go. Clinging to a two point advantage with 7:29 remaining, the Hawks exploded with an 11-0 run capped off with a layup from White with 4:49 left to go up 84-71. Ultimately, it would be the Hawks who would pull away down the stretch, with White putting the exclamation point on it with 43 seconds left on a crowd-raising dunk to crack the century mark, putting Becker ahead by 15 and the game out of reach.
Prior to the game, the Becker College men's basketball program honored Credle and Mosley, their two departing seniors, as part of Senior Day. The duo were both recognized by their teammates, coaches and athletics administrators for their many contributions over the course of the last four years, culminating in this season's run. Although their time on the court is coming to an end, they will forever be part of the Hawks family. Credle and Durodola were also recognized for reaching the 1000 point career scoring mark earlier this season.
The Hawks of Becker have clinched the number two playoff spot in the upcoming NECC Championship Tournament, earning a first-round bye. They will play next on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. when they host a conference semifinal game in Leicester.
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