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Dean College Bulldogs

Men's Basketball Pulls Away From Lasers, 86-69

Sean Odum finished with a career-high 19 points (9-for-12 field goals) and seven rebounds in the Bulldogs' 86-69 win over Lasell College (Nathan Minese '22 photo).
Sean Odum finished with a career-high 19 points (9-for-12 field goals) and seven rebounds in the Bulldogs' 86-69 win over Lasell College (Nathan Minese '22 photo).

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 86, Lasell College 69
Records: Dean College (13-7), Lasell College (4-14)
Location: Athletic Center, Newton, Mass.
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Dean College shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half and the visiting Bulldogs pulled away from Lasell College, 86-69, in non-league men's basketball action on Tuesday evening.

The win for Dean sends their overall record to 13-7 with five regular season contests remaining – all against New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) foes beginning with Saturday's road trip to Newbury College.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Tied at 38-38 at the half, the Bulldogs never trailed in the final 20 minutes of action and when D'caran Anderson (Compton, Calif.) and Dayvon Russell (Naugatuck, Conn.) drilled consecutive three-pointers, Dean had a 72-61 advantage.

That lead continued to grow as Josh Croskey (Union, N.J.) scored inside and then Anderson dropped in another triple.

Baskets by Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) and Sean Odum (Rowlette, Texas) were followed by another Anderson three-point bomb and suddenly, the game was out of reach with Dean ahead 84-65 with less than three minutes to play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
For the game, the Bulldogs connected on exactly 50 percent of their field goal attempts (35-for-70), while holding a slight, 47-45 edge on the glass. Dean also took advantage of 13 Lasell turnovers, which they converted in 20 points.

The Bulldog offense was paced by Booker, who totaled 23 points, five rebounds and six assists, while Odum finished with a career-best 19 points and seven rebounds.

Croskey, meanwhile, nearly posted a triple-double with nine points, ten rebounds, seven blocked shots, three assists and three steals.

Both Armani Baker (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Brandon Szlaien (Buenos Aires, Argentina) added eight points each, with Baker ending with a game-best 15 rebounds.

Stefan Masciarelli (Northbridge, Mass.) totaled 23 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Lasers but shot just 10-for-26 from the field.