CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Becker College junior guard Tyler Roberson (Irvington, N.J.) scored 13 of his game-high 23 points in the first half to lead the Eagles over Lesley University 66-53 in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action. With the win, Becker improves to 7-6 on the year and 3-1 in the NECC while the Lynx drop to 3-9 and 1-2 in conference play.
Becker sophomore Lee Brockett (Waterbury, Conn.) scored ten points and collected two steals of his own.
Leading the way for Lesley was freshman guard Brian Glodowski who posted a double-double with team-highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds while going 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Classmate Nikalus Oliver added eight points and eight rebounds for the Lynx while senior guard Matt Gibson had ten points of his own.
The opening minutes of the game were a defensive battle as both teams failed to put the ball in the basket over the first four minutes. Over next three minutes, Lesley jumped out to a 6-1 advantage before the Hawks went on a 16-6 to take a 17-12 lead. Roberson and Russell led the charge combining for 12 of the 16 points during the run.
With just under five minutes left in the first half, the Lynx cut the lead to four on a three from Gibson, but Becker would answer right back with an 8-0 run to push their lead to 12.
Becker's double-digit lead continued throughout the second half and led by as much as 18 with 9:48 left to play. Trailing 51-33, Lesley started to gain momentum and went on an 11-2 run to cut the lead to ten, capped off by a Gladowski three. Once again, the Hawks had an answer. Brockett and Roberson hit back-to-back quick threes to extend the lead to 16 and kill Lesley's run.
Becker freshman guard Darius Sealy (Hanscom, Mass.) and sophomore forward Yahmad Rountree (Waterbury, Conn.) had six and five points, respectively, while sophomore guard Donovin Ford-Hayes (Windsor Locks, Conn.) finished with five points and four rebounds.
Lesley got nine points from freshman guard Anthony Mattocks while sophomore guard Justin Rosa chipped in with eight of his own.
Becker shot 41.5% (22-53) for the game and went 61.5% (8-13) from three-point land. The Lynx were held to just 36.4% (16-44) for the game and shot 41.7% from deep (5-12).
Both teams return to the court for NECC action on Saturday, January 12. Becker will host Regis College at 1:00 p.m. while the Lynx will play host to Newbury College. Tip-off for the Lynx is set for 6:30 p.m. at Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols.