FRANKLIN, Mass. - Trailing by three, Nighthawks senior Daivon Edwards (Roxbury, Mass.) had a chance to send the game into a second overtime but his last-second shot went begging as the Dean Bulldogs held off the Newbury Nighthawks, 106-103, in an overtime thriller on Tuesday evening at Pieri Gymnasium in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Bulldogs junior Randolf Thurman (Swampscott, Mass.) stepped to the line in OT with the Bulldogs leading by two and 16 seconds remaining. Thurman converted his first free throw, but missed his second, setting up the Edwards opportunity.
The Bulldogs needed a clutch bucket from junior Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) in regulation to force overtime but the Nighthawks had a chance to win it at the end of regulation but senior Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.) missed a layup, as time expired, sending the teams to overtime, tied 88-88.
Bulldogs sophomore Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) led Dean with 28 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks in 36 minutes. Baker and sophomore Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) both scored 24 for the Bulldogs. Baker shot 6-for-10 from the field and 12-of-17 from the line. Booker shot 9-of-20 in a full 45 minutes.
Langston led all scorers on the floor scoring 33 points while adding 15 rebounds, and eight assists, in a full 45 minutes. Sophomore Wayne Massey (Gwynn Oak, Md.) exploded for a career-high 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting in 27 minutes off the bench. Freshman Miguel Rivera (Waterbury, Conn.) scored 17 points while Edwards added 15 including four made three-pointers.
The Nighthawks trailed by eight at the half and by as many as 15 in the early parts of the second half. The Nighthawks were able to slowly chip away at the deficit thanks to 12 points each from Langston and Massey in the second half.
Newbury was able to take the lead thanks to a 22-7 run, punctuated by a Langston layup that gave the Nighthawks an 87-85 edge; their first lead since 8-6 in the first half.
The victory improves the Bulldogs to 7-5 (1-0 NECC) while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 1-8 (0-1 NECC).
The conference schedule continues Thursday for the Nighthawks as they return home for the first time in six weeks welcoming the Elms College Blazers to Pappas Gymnasium for a 7:00 p.m. tip.