-Score: Clark University 100, Newbury College 85
-Records: Clark University (3-6), Newbury College (1-6)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
-The Lead: Freshman Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) led the Clark University men's basketball team to victory over the Nighthawks of Newbury College with an impressive 36 points on Saturday afternoon. Daivon Edwards led the visitors with 34 points on the day.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Nighthawks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on a bucket from Cameron Deiley (South Portland, Maine). A 3-0 run from the Cougars that included layups from Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.), John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.) and Gayman gave them the 6-3 advantage with just over two minutes off the clock.
-A quick 5-0 run from Newbury highlighted by a steal from senior Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.) converted into a three-pointer from Daivon Edwards (Roxbury, Mass.) gave the Nighthawks a six point advantage at the 16:30 mark (12-6).
-The visitors held onto the lead until the 13 minute mark when freshman Patrick Bugler (Marblehead, Mass.) put the Cougars back on top with a pair of made free-throws and a successful drive to the basket (18-17).
-The two teams traded baskets and saw three ties at the 9:20, 7:49, and 6:54 mark.
-Newbury regained a seven point lead after first year Miguel Rivera (Waterbury, Conn.) knocked down a pair of free-throws for the 34-27 advantage.
-With three seconds on the clock Gayman found Grzembski in the corner and Grzembski pulled up for the three-pointer to bring the Cougars within one point of the Nighthawks heading into the halftime break, 42-41.
-Gayman finished the first half with 16 points and five steals.
-Gayman continued his hot streak at the start of the second half with a good jump shot to put Clark back in the lead 43-42.
-The Cougars pulled away with 15:07 to play as they took a 10 point lead on a 3-0 run (59-49) but the Nighthawks were quick to respond with a couple layups from Langston and a three-pointer from Edwards to make it a three-point game, 61-58.
-Junior Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) found his way under the basket for back to back layups to extend Clark's lead back to nine with 11:33 to play (67-58).
-With just under nine minutes on the clock Clark took a 15 point lead as Kyle Coughlin (Beverly, Mass.) and Pisacreta were both able to find freshman Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) under the hoop for layups. 30 seconds later Gayman knocked down a three-pointer and a pair of free-throws to put the Cougars ahead by a comfortable 20 points (83-63).
-The Cougars kept up the pressure on defense and offense for the remaining eight minutes of the game and took the final 100-85 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Gayman led all players with 36 points to go along with seven steals for Clark. Grzembski added 12 points and Davern recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds on the day.
-Edwards led the Nighthawks with 24 points while Langston added 27 and eight rebounds.
-Newbury shot 49.1% from the field while Clark shot an even 48%.
-Newbury was 20-for-26 at the free-throw line for a 76.9 shooting percentage. The Cougars were 20-for-29 at the free throw line.
-Clark outrebounded Newbury 41 to 35 and forced the visitors to turn the ball over 24 times.
-Clark's bench stepped up with 20 points in the victory.
-Clark heads to Salem State on Friday, December 29th through Saturday, December 30th for the Salem State Tournament. The Cougars take on Salem State on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
-Newbury hosts Vermont Tech on Friday, January 5th at 3:00 p.m.