Score: Dean College 73, Southern Vermont 69
Records: Dean College (7-4, 2-1 NECC), Southern Vermont (8-3, 2-1 NECC)
Location: Pieri Gymnasium, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Dean College's dynamic backcourt duo of Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) and Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) combined for 47 points to lead the host Bulldogs to a heart-stopping, 73-69 win over Southern Vermont in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
The win for the Bulldogs is their third straight dating back to the end of first semester in early December and gives them their first win over the Mountaineers since joining the conference last season.
Southern Vermont, who has won the league title in two of the last three seasons and won the conference crown by three games over the second-place Bulldogs a season ago, entered Saturday's meeting a stellar 17-2 against league opponents since the start of last season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The contest was neck and neck for the entire first half and into the second but when Booker drilled a spectacular triple, Dean was suddenly in front by ten, 55-45, with a little less than ten minutes to go in the game.
Southern Vermont made a push, knotting the score at 60-60 courtesy of a 15-5 run that featured nine points from Josh Borders, including the game-tying three-pointer with 5:20 left to play.
Three-point bombs from Booker and Russell sandwiched around an Andre Hodo jumper gave Dean some breathing room, but baskets from Kajuan Kinsey and Donnell Frayer, Jr. got the visitors within one at 67-66 with 1:10 left to play.
The Bulldogs stretched out their lead when Booker found Oswaldo Terrazas (Odessa, Texas) for an easy hoop and when a Mountaineer turnover occurred on their next possession, Dean went ahead by five (71-66) on a pair of free throws from Booker.
Southern Vermont wouldn't go away, however, and Frayer, Jr. drilled a deep three-pointer to close the gap again with 17 seconds left.
A Dean turnover gave the Mountaineers life, but they couldn't convert, and Booker sealed the game with two more from the charity stripe with two seconds remaining.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Booker (23 points, eight assists) and Russell (24 points, five rebounds) led the way for the Bulldogs, while Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) finished with 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Borders finished with 19 points, while Hodo totaled 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the Mountaineers.
The Bulldogs return to action on Thursday, January 10 when they host Newbury College at 5:00 PM. Southern Vermont, meanwhile, travels to those same Nighthawks on Tuesday, January 8 at 5:00 PM as well.