LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College men's basketball team won a grueling 64-62 game over visiting Lesley University on Thursday night in the New England Collegiate Conference Championship Semifinals at the Leicester Gymnasium on the Becker campus.
Playing in the final home game of his illustrious career, senior guard Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y. / Benjamin N. Cardozo) led the second-seeded Hawks of Becker (18-8) with a game-high 29 points with three assists and three steals. Credle scored 17 of his points in the first half, accounting for nearly 50 percent of Becker's total scoring. Sophomore guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass. / St. John's) scored 12 points and dished out four assists while junior forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y. / Campus Magnet) finished with nine points and a team-high ten rebounds to go along with two blocks in just 27 minutes. Becker shot 25 of 32 at the free throw line, compared to five of 13 for Lesley.
Senior guard Devon Mayo (Newport News, Va. / Denbigh High School) led the third-seeded Lynx of Lesley (16-11) with 25 points, 11 rebounds and two steals, shooting five of eleven from behind the arc. Junior point guard Marquise Johnson (Hampton, Va. / Heritage High School) had 17 points shooting seven of ten from the floor with seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Xeo Golding (Windermere, Fla. / Windermere Preparatory) added nine points and five rebounds. The Lynx outrebounded the Hawks, 47-35.
Down 37-35 at halftime, the Hawks ground their way into a narrow lead, going up 60-54 off a three from Credle with 1:17 remaining in the game. Down by six with 47 seconds left, Johnson made a layup to keep the Lynx alive. Then with 15 second left, Mayo buried a three to pull Lesley to within one at 62-61. With the Lynx forced to foul, Credle buried both free throws, and the game appeared to be over when the visitors turned it over with six seconds left. Durodola missed both of his free throws, however, and Lesley got another shot with four seconds left. Becker fouled to send Mayo to the line with 1.7 seconds remaining. The senior made the first shot then intentionally missed the second, attempting to give his team one last chance. But Credle secured the rebound to finally secure the victory.
The Hawks of Becker advance to play at top-seeded Southern Vermont College on Saturday in the NECC Championship game. It will be the sixth time in nine years that Becker, a founding member ongf the NECC, has reached the conference finals.
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