BROOKLINE, Mass. --- The Becker College men's basketball team was victorious at Newbury College on Saturday at Pappas Gymnasium in Brookline, winning 69-65. The Hawks of Becker improve to 3-4 and 1-0 in the NECC standings while the Nighthawks fall to 0-6 and 0-2 against league opponents.
Senior guard Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y. / Benjamin N. Cardozo) scored a game-high 26 points, reaching 1013 points for his career. Credle becomes the 17th player in Becker history to reach the 1000 point plateau, and the tenth since the program went NCAA. Credle also had six rebounds, four assists and two blocks on the day. Credle reached the mark on a jumper with 10:33 to go in the game; a basket that got the Hawks to within one possession for the first time since 8-5 of the 13:31 mark in the first half.
Becker junior forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y. / Campus Magnet) had a dominant performance in the paint, scoring 15 points while pulling down a game-high 20 boards. Sophomore guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass. / St. John's) scored 13 points while dishing out five assists.
Trailing by 12 entering halftime, Credle exploded for 22 points in the second half on 9-for-17 shooting.
Nighthawks junior Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.) had his most effecient game of the season for Newbury, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He also collected nine rebounds and was credited with six assists in 33 minutes. Senior Ceejae Carter (Dorchester, Mass.) also had his most effecient game for the Nighthawks, scoring 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 33 minutes.
The first half was all Nighthawks as Becker would hold only one lead in the half, a 2-0 advantage on a Credle layup. Separate runs of 7-0 and 9-2 for the Nighthawks would put them up as much as 16, in a half that they shot 57.7%, including 5-of-8 from three. Becker College shot 38.7% including just 2-for-12 from deep.
Becker College would respond quickly in the second, going on a 17-5 run spanning over seven minutes to trail by one. Credle and Durodola accounted for all 17 Hawks points in that run, which cut the Nighthawks lead to 49-48.
Five straight points from the Nighthawks would push the lead back to 54-48, however, a 10-4 run would even the score at 58-58. The sides would trade baskets before the Hawks took a 67-65 lead on a Davis corner jump shot with 20 seconds remaining.
With the game clock running down and the Nighthawks trailing by two, Newbury turned to the hot hand of Langston. With eight seconds remaining, Langston dribbled right and turned the corner on his man and rose to make what appeared to be the game-tying basket with five seconds remaining.
However, a Hawks defender stepped in and the resulting foul was deemed an offensive one, taking the basket off the board for the Nighthawks and resulting in a foul out for Langston. Davis was fouled on the ensuing inbound play, but made both his free throws to seal the game away and complete the comeback for Becker College.