BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Newbury College men's basketball team fell to Becker College, 76-48, in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action, Saturday afternoon. Junior guard Donovin Ford-Hayes(Windsor Locks, Conn.) scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the first half to lead the Hawks to their fifth victory of the season propel them to 3-2 in conference action.
Junior forward David Maturah (Windsor Locks, Conn.) set the tone of the game early with a dunk before converting on the three-point play to give the Hawks a 3-0 advantage. After Ford-Hayes gave Becker a five-point cushion with a jumper, first year guard Ceejae Carter (Dorchester, Mass.) found junior forward Christian Sheridan (Chicago, Ill.) open at the perimeter to put the Nighthawks on the scoreboard and cut the Hawk lead to two, 5-3.
However, Becker began to break the game open. Senior guard Tyler Roberson (Irvington, N.Y.) sparked a three-minute 10-2 run, featuring two treys by Ford-Hayes, who had eight of the Hawks 10 points in the stretch before Newbury senior guard Eric Watson (New Rochelle, N.Y.) broke it up with a trey from first year guardDan Horwitz (West Hartford, Conn.).
The Nighthawks made a valiant comeback just past the midway point in the period. After being fouled on a three-point jumper, junior guard Mills Carrasco (Haverhill, Mass.) knocked down all three of his free throws to cut the Hawk lead down to single-digits.
But the Hawk offense proved to be too much. Ford-Hayes was flawless from the field, going seven-for-seven including three-for-three from beyond the arc, to net a half-high 17 points as Becker went into halftime with a commanding, 41-20 lead.
When the teams emerged from the locker room, the Hawks offense remained red-hot but the Nighthawks refused to quit. First year guard Devin Abreu (Bronx, N.Y.) was huge sparkplug off the bench for Newbury picking the pocket of the Hawks twice – once returning it back down court for a fast-break lay-up and two of his five points in half. The Bronx native finished the game with six points, three steals and three rebounds.
Watson who entered today's contest 22 points shy of 1,000 in his career, went off in the second, draining 12 of his team-high 20 points but it was not enough. Becker first year guard Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y.) came off the bench for the Hawks and netted a team-high seven points in the half as the Hawks went on to the 76-48 victory.
Newbury falls to 0-12 and 0-4 in the conference while Becker improves to 5-8 and jumps over .500 in NECC action at 3-2. The Nighthawks will break from NECC action on Tuesday January 14th when they host non-conference Tufts University at 6:00 p.m. The Hawks will also be in action Tuesday evening when they travel to New London, Conn. to tip-off against Mitchell at 3:00 p.m.