Men's Basketball holds off Golden Bears, 72-68

Samuel Durodola

LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College men's basketball team won 72-68 over visiting Western New England University on Sunday at the Leicester Gymnasium.

The Hawks of Becker (2-2) were again led by senior forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y. / Campus Magnet) with 23 points and eight rebounds. Durodola made his living at the free throw line, taking 15 shots from the strip and making 11. Junior guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass. / St. John's) finished with 19 points, shooing five of nine from behind the three-point arc. Junior forward Dewayne Thomas (Springfield, Mass. / Lowell) was a beast on the glass, pulling down a career-high 15 rebounds and scoring ten points with two blocks and two steals. Junior forward Bernard Broaster (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Charles W. Flanagan) finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Becker collectively rebounded Western New England, 49-24.

Junior guard Mikey Pettway (Bridgeport, Conn. / Fairfield Prep) led the Golden Bears of Western New England (1-3) with 29 points, shooting 12 of 23 from the floor, dishing out seven assists and pulling in four rebounds. Sophomore guard Mike McGuire (Garden City, N.Y. / Chaminade) finished with ten points while freshman guard Alex Sikorski (Rocky Hill, Conn. / Rocky Hill) came off the bench to score nine points with four rebounds and two steals. Sophomore forward Reid Killeen (Amawalk, N.Y. / Somers) scored six points with six rebounds.

Becker jumped out to a 7-2 lead to start the game, but Western New England fought back, pulling to within one off a three from Pettway with 12:45 to go and the Hawks leading 11-10. The Golden Bears took their first lead of the game with a Sikorski three with 8:59 to go, but the hosts closed out on a 9-2 run, with Davis burying a three at the buzzer as Becker went into halftime with a 44-38 lead and momentum going their way.

In the second half, the Golden Bears outshot the Hawks, 40.6 to 34.8, but the hosts made up for it with strong inside play, dominating the boards and earning themselves a 13-3 edge in free throw attempts. Late in the game, Durodola was fouled on a three-point attempt, and appeared to have put the game away after making three straight shots to put Becker up 68-60 with 3:12 remaining. Western New England wouldn't go away, however, as they went on an 8-2 run to pull to within two off a layup from Pettway with 26 seconds to go. The Hawks would ultimately survive, however, as the visitors were forced to foul.

The Hawks of Becker are back on the court on Tuesday when they travel to Springfield College for a 7:00 p.m. game. The Golden Bears of Western New England will look to bounce back on Wednesday when they host Roger Williams University at 5:30 p.m.

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