-Score: Becker College 92, Clark University 73
-Records: Clark University (2-4), Becker College (3-3)
-Location: Leicester, MA (Leicester Gymnasium)
-The Lead: The Clark University Men's Basketball team were taken down by the Hawks of Becker College in a road game Thursday night. Junior, Luca McCormick (Fort Lauderdale, Fla) led the Cougars with 26pts and 8 rebounds. Freshmen, Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass) also played well, tallying 17 points on 6-11 shooting.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Becker College won the tip-off, and after two Clark defensive stops, and two Clark baskets, the Cougars had a 4-0 lead. The Hawks responded with junior, Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass) who hit his first of four three-pointers on the night. After a Clark foul with an "and 1" for Becker, the Hawks took the lead 6-4, never to see themselves down again.
-Becker was able to take a commanding 10 point lead thereafter behind great three-point shooting from Davis, who was 4-7 from downtown in the first half. Clark, plagued by shooting woes, fought hard to stay in the game with McCormick and Davern combining for 17 of Clark's 31 first half points.
-The Hawks were able to take a 44-31 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
-Clark opened the second half strong with freshman Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla) getting to the rim on a series of drives for layups. Gayman tallied 12 points on the night for the Cougars.
-Becker, riding a hot offensive hand answered each one of the Cougars comebacks, until a 13-4 run got the Cougars back to within 8 points midway through the second half.
-Following a layup off a baseline out of bounds with two seconds left on the shot clock to get Clark within eight, Becker found their shooting touch again, pulling away from the Cougars to earn the eventual win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-McCormick led all Clark scorers and rebounders with 26 and 8 respectively.
-Davis led Becker with 28 points while shooting a nifty 9-15 from the field, including 50% (4-8) from three-point land.
-The Cougars shot a dismal 17% (5-30) from the three-point line and were 18-26 from the foul line.
-The Hawks shot 45% (9-20) from downtown and were 80% (19-24) from the foul line.
-Clark forced the Hawks to turn the ball over 17 times and converted them to 23 points.
-Clark travels up Route 9 for a non-conference matchup with Framingham State University on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
-The Hawks are off until Tuesday, December 5th when they travel across town to take on the Lancers of Worcester State at 7:00 p.m.