Balanced Effort Lifts Men's Basketball Over Clark, 72-55

Balanced Effort Lifts Men's Basketball Over Clark, 72-55

LEICESTER, Mass. - Becker College came from behind to beat cross-town rival Clark University, 72-55. The Hawks of Becker even their record at 4-4 while the Cougars of Clark fall to 4-3.

Sophomore forward Yahmad Rountree (Waterbury, Conn.) finished with 14 points, 12 boards with three blocks, with most of that production coming after the break. Sophomore guard Lee Brockett (Waterbury, Conn.) had four three-pointers along with three rebounds and three assists. Junior guard Tyler Roberson (Irvington, N.J.) finished with nine points, six assists and six rebounds along with three steals.

Clark was led by graduate forward Brian Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.) with 12 points and six rebounds while graduate guard Travis Curley (Trumbull, Conn.) also had 12.

The veteran Cougars pounced on the young Hawk team early, jumping out to a 9-3 lead including two baskets from graduate forward D.J. Bailey (Palmer, Mass.). Three-point shooting and an energetic defensive effort saw Becker shave into that deficit, finally taking a 16-14 lead off a three pointer from the top of the arc from sophomore guard Donovin Ford-Hayes (Windsor Locks, Conn.). The three-point barrage continued for both teams, as the combined to shoot 11 of 20 from behind the arc in the opening minutes of the game, ultimately favoring Clark with a 13-1 run to go up 30-22. Becker would attempt to rally, but the teams went into halftime with the visitors leading 35-31. Curley led the way for the Cougars in the opening period with nine points on three-of-four shooting, all from behind the arc. Ford-Hayes led all scorers in the first half with 11 points for the Hawks, nailing three-of-five of his three-pointers.

The Hawks were aggressive as the second period got underway, as they continued to slowly chip away at the Cougar lead. Becker finally tied the game on a short jumper by freshman forward Rashaun Liggon (Elizabeth, N.J.) with the clock at 13:23. A minute later, Russell stole the ball and dished it to Roundtree for the fast break dunk as the Leicester Gym exploded with Becker's first lead since midway through the first half. It was all part of a 12-2 Hawk run capped off with a pair of free throws from Roberson with 11:12 left in the game at Becker went up 50-44, and would never surrender the lead again. Roberson, Brockett and Russell all hit huge three-pointers down the stretch as the home team refused to ease off on the throttle, beating Clark's press and breaking the game open in the closing moments to go up by 17 off a put-back dunk by Roundtree with 14 seconds left for the final score of the game.

Up next for the Hawks, Becker travels to Wheelock College on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. game. Clark will host Endicott College on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. tipoff. Becker's next home game will come