BOSTON, Mass. --- The Becker College men's basketball team lost 74-69 at Wheelock College on Saturday afternoon at the Winsor Gym.
How it Happened: The Wildcats took an early lead, 11-5, with the assistance of senior guard Kiwane Crodwer's (Milwaukee, Wisc.), who knocked down a deep three and three straight free throws. The Hawks were able to string together an impressive 14-2 run, with 11 minutes remaining, making it a 19-13 Becker lead.
Wheelock's freshman guard Erick Hernandez (Tampa, Fla.) hit a soft jumper, and a three pointer from the top of the key, to tie the game at 21-21 apiece. Becker would respond with a quick jumper from Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y.) to give the Hawks a 2 point advantage. Wheelock and Becker would trade baskets for the remaining of the half but the Wildcats found themselves headed in to the break trailing 42-37.
Wheelock's Dejuan Rodriguez (New Britain, Conn.) scored 5 points and pulled down 4 rebounds to bring the Wildcats within 3 points, 49-46 at the 14:26 mark. However, junior forward Dewayne Thomas (Lowell, Mass) notched four points of his own to keep the attacking Hawks on top.
Junior guard Kadeem Apply (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) stepped up big offensively for the young Wildcats and went 3-4 behind the arch in the second half alone. Rodriguez ultimately proved too much for the Hawks defense. He was able to record 9 points in the final 5 minutes, including two free throws, with .01 seconds on the clock, making it a two possession game, sealing the victory for the Wildcats, 74-69.
Who stood out: The Wildcats were lead by Dejuan Rodriguez who recorded yet another double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Also, Kadeem Apply recorded one of his best game yet with 15 points and 2 steals. Becker College had two players with double-doubles on the day: Samuel Durodola recorded 24 points and 10 rebounds while Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass.) notched 20 points and 11 rebounds.
What it means: With the victory, the Wheelock Wildcats improve to 3-17 (2-8 NECC) while the Becker Hawks fall to 11-10 (6-4 NECC).