LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College men's basketball team lost 94-87 to visiting UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday afternoon at the Leicester Gymnasium.
Becker junior guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass. / St. John's), entering the day with 998 career points, became the 19th player in school history to reach the celebrated thousand point plateau for his career, and the ninth player to do so under head coach Brian Gorman. Davis was fouled on a three-point attempt just 2:58 into the game and buried the first two shots to reach the hallowed mark. He would finish the game with 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
The Hawks of Becker (5-6) were led by senior forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y. / Campus Magnet) with 34 points and 12 rebounds, both game-highs. Durodola fell one point short of his career high in scoring, shooting 57.6 from the floor for the game. Junior forward Dewayne Thomas (Springfield, Mass. / Lowell) finished with 18 points, 11 boards and three blocks, shooting seven of ten from the floor. Junior guard Jalen Robinson (Queens, N.Y. / Manhasset) scored eight points with six assists off the bench. Sophomore forward Donzell Cunningham (Linden, N.J. / Piscataway) finished with eight points and four rebounds. The Hawks outshot the Corsairs for the game, 44 percent to 39 percent.
The Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth (8-4) were paced by freshman guard Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass. / Bourne) with 25 points, as the rookie shot six of twelve from downtown. Senior forward Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass. / Lynn Classical) scored 22 points with 12 rebounds while junior forward Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria / Brookline (Mass.)) also had a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards. Freshman guard Nick Bond (Oak Bluffs, Mass. / Martha's Vineyard) scored 11 points off the bench. Collectively, the Corsairs outrebounded the Hawks, 56-45.
After a back and forth first half that saw Becker go into intermission leading 48-43, UMass Dartmouth slowly used their depth to surge past the hosts, using a late 9-0 run to go up by as much as ten. Becker pulled to within four on two free throws from Cunningham with 51 ticks to go, but that was as close as the Hawks could get as the visitors held on.
Becker is back on the court on Tuesday when they travel to Lesley University for their NECC opener at 8:00 p.m. UMass Dartmouth plays Southern Maine at home in their next contest on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
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