Men's Basketball’s late surge downs Wheelock, 84-75

Dwayne Thomas

LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College men's basketball team rallied to defeat visiting Wheelock College on Thursday evening at the Becker Dome, 84-75.

The Hawks of Becker (6-7, 1-1 NECC) were led by junior guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass. / St. John's) with 29 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals. After scoring just five points in the first half on one-for-seven shooting, Davis caught fire after the break, scoring 24 points including a 12 of 13 performance from the free throw line. Senior forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y. / Campus Magnet) finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Junior forward Dewayne Thomas (Springfield, Mass. / Lowell) produced a double-double with 15 points with 15 boards to go along with two blocks and two steals. Thomas shot seven-of-nine from the floor. As of press time, the junior leads the NECC in rebounding and ranks second in field goal percentage. Freshman forward Mateus Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil / Colegio Pedroso e Oliveira) finished with career highs with nine points, four rebounds and three steals. The Hawks collectively shot 48.4 percent from the floor.

The Wildcats of Wheelock (1-11, 0-2 NECC) were led by senior guard Kiwane Crowder (Milwaukee, Wis. / Alexander Hamilton), who came off the bench to score a game-high 30 points with seven rebounds. Freshman guard Erick Hernandez (Tampa, Fla. / Durant) posted 15 points with five boards, while freshman forward Brendan Miller (Tampa, Fla. / Newsome) added 10 points with five rebounds and three steals.

Becker had a slow start, playing from behind for much of the first half and going into halftime trailing 37-36. The Hawks opened the second period with a 12-3 run, capped off with a put-back from Thomas with 15:58 to go to surge into the lead. The Wildcats refused to go away, answering with a 10-0 rally, a stretch finished with a layup from Crowder with 12:00 remaining as Wheelock took a 54-48 lead. Back came the Hawks, as Davis drew contact again and again to help the hosts outscore the visitors 17-4 over the next seven minutes, and Becker held on down the stretch.

The Hawks of Becker are back on the court on Saturday when they host Elms College in another NECC contest, this one tipping off at 1:00 p.m. The Wildcats of Wheelock face their next opponent on Sunday when the play at Lesley University at 1:00 p.m.

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