Clark Soars to Victory Over Nighthawks, 112-96

Clark Soars to Victory Over Nighthawks, 112-96

THE BASICS

-Score: Clark University 112, Newbury College 96

-Records: Clark (1-1), Newbury (2-1)

-Location: Brookline, Mass. (Pappas Gymnasium)

-The Lead: The Clark University men's basketball team ran away with a 16-point victory over the Nighthawks of Newbury College in non-conference action on Tuesday evening. Six different Cougars scored in double figures to help lift the team to their first victory of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

-The Cougars took their first lead on a three-pointer made by sophomore Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.) just over three minutes into play. They extended their lead to six when first year Joel Arteaga (Wyncote, Penn.) also knocked down a basket from behind the arc with 15:06 on the clock (16-10). The visitors pulled ahead by 10 when sophomore Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) dished the ball to his classmate Charles Stevens (Bronx, N.Y.) who was the behind the arc for three and at the 5:07 mark; he later sunk a pair of free-throws to pull ahead by 12 (42-30).

-With 46 seconds remaining in the first the Nighthawks came back within three when senior Omar Williams (Queens, N.Y.) hit a jumper. Davern found time for one more layup and three-pointer to help Clark pull ahead by eight heading into the break.

-Early in the second half sophomore Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) stepped behind the arc for three to give the Cougar's their second 12-point lead of the game. Just a minute later Arteaga drained his second three of the game to give Clark a 15-point advantage at the 17:11 mark (65-50).

-The Nighthawks rallied for six unanswered points including four from sophomore Tim Deng (Portland, Maine) to come back within nine with 16:08 on the clock (65-56) and would come as close as six when first year Shamar Simms (Worcester, Mass.) made a successful drive to the basket at the 13:35 mark (75-96). This was as close as the hosts would come as the Cougars went on to take the 16-point victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-Davern led Clark with 22 points to go along with eight rebounds. Grzembski and Gayman chipped in with 18 points each and Gayman add a game high 10 assists in the victory. Arteaga came off the bench to score 17 points for Clark and added 11 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double. Junior Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) also posted a double-double on a 16 point, 11 rebound night.  

-Williams led all players with 41 points for the Nighthawks. Senior Pierce Weatherspoon (Hartford, Conn.) added 18 points and Deng put up 14 points and a team-leading eight rebounds.

-Clark shot 53.3% from field goal range (40-for-75) while Newbury shot 49.3% (36-for-73). The visitors shot 37.9% from behind the arc while the Nighthawks shot 22.7%.

-The Cougars edged the hosts in rebounding 43-40.

UP NEXT

-Clark heads to UMass-Dartmouth for the Lafrance Hospitality Classic this weekend. Their first game will be on Friday night, November 16th, at 7:00 p.m.

-Newbury hosts Regis College on Monday, November 26th at 7:00 p.m.