BROOKLINE, Mass. - In what should be regarded as the New England Collegiate Conference Game of the Year to this point, the Becker Hawks held off the Newbury Nighthawks 111-106 in three overtimes on Thursday evening from Pappas Gymnasium in an instant classic.
Hawks junior Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass.) scored a career-high 33 points while also grabbing nine rebounds in an iron-man-like effort of 53 minutes. Senior Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y.) scored 32 points in a full 55-minutes.
Nighthawks senior Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.) scored a career-high 36 points while adding 15 rebounds and eight assists in 53 minutes. Senior Daivon Edwards (Roxbury, Mass.) added 29 points and nine rebounds in 51 minutes.
Durodola had the first opportunity to win the game for either side but his lay-up fell short, starting a series of overtimes with the score tied 82-82 at the end of regulation.
In the first overtime, the Nighthawks were in control, leading 91-87 with 42 seconds remaining. Davis came off a Durodola screen and knocked home a 27-footer to pull within one, 91-90.
Langston was fouled on the ensuing play and converted 1-of-2 at the line for a 92-90 lead. Davis came through clutch again, as he was fouled on a drive to the basket, converting both foul shots to tie the game 92-92. Newbury was unable to get a shot up at the end of the first overtime, as the Ato Botsio (Canton, Mass.) three-point attempt came after the horn.
In the second overtime, the teams battled to a 97-97 tie with under a minute to go. Durodola was double-teamed in the left corner with the shot clock running out. His fadeaway jumper missed everything but Antonio White Jr. (Middletown, Conn.) tipped home the miss, just as the shot clock ran out.
On the next possession, with three seconds remaining, Langston was fouled on a drive to the rim and made both his free throws to send the game to the third overtime tied at 99-99.
In the third overtime, the Hawks never surrendered the lead despite Newbury pulling to within a point on three occasions. The difference was a four-point, mini-run by Becker that gave them a 109-104 lead with 33 seconds left. Despite the Nighthawks attempts to extend the game, Becker held on for the 111-106 hard-fought win.
The victory lifts the Hawks to 9-7 (4-1 NECC) while the defeat brings the Nighthawks to 2-11 (1-4 NECC)
Next up for Newbury is a Saturday matinee at Wheelock at noon. Becker hosts Dean College on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.