Men's Hoops soar past Nighthawks, 108-81

Bernard Broaster

LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College men's basketball team won 108-81 over visiting Newbury College in New England Collegiate Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the Leicester Gymnasium.

Senior forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y. / Campus Magnet) led the Hawks of Becker (12-11, 7-5 NECC), matching a career-high with 35 points to go along with 16 rebounds, two blocks and two assists. After a slow start, Durodola, the defending NECC Player of the Week, scored 22 points on nine of ten shooting in the second half. Junior guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass. / St. John's) finished with 33 points, shooting 50 percent from behind the arc. Junior guard Jalen Robinson (Queens, N.Y. / Manhasset) dished out a career-high 11 assists to go along with ten points and four rebounds. Junior forward Bernard Broaster (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Charles W. Flanagan) posted 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds, while freshman guard Jamir Carr (Philadelphia, Penn. / Universal Audenried) came off the bench to score nine points with five rebounds and two steals in just 22 minutes. The Hawks took a season-high 42 free throws, shooting 76 percent from the stripe.

The Nighthawks of Newbury (4-18, 2-10 NECC) were led by senior guard Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass. / Dorchester), who came off the bench to score 16 points with 12 rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Daivon Edwards (Roxbury, Mass. / Brighton) finished with 15 points, while sophomore guard Wayne Massey (Gwynn Oak, Md. / Woodlawn) added 12. Freshman guard Miguel Rivera (Waterbury, Conn. / Crosby) scored eight points and dished out six assists. Collectively, the Nighthawks shot 43 percent from behind the arc.

After the visitors jumped out to an 8-2 lead, Becker answered by scoring 14 of the game's next 18 points. The Hawks went into halftime leading 50-37.

In the second half, Newbury pulled to within ten with 12:40 to go after a pair of free throws by Langston. That's when Becker turned on the jets, using an 18-2 run capped off with a layup from Durodola off a dish from Robinson on the fast-break. The Nighthawks never threatened again as the Hawks pulled away down the stretch.

The Hawks of Becker will be back on the court on Wednesday when the team travels to Dean College for a 7:00 p.m. game. Meanwhile, the Nighthawks of Newbury travel to Fisher College for a 7:00 p.m. game on Monday, with tip-off coming at 7:00 p.m.

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