Men's Basketball / The NECC Quarterfinals: Newbury Pulls Away Down Stretch To Eliminate Eagles, 65-51
Nashua – Steve Rosemond (Everett, Mass.) led four players in double figures with a game-high 20 points and added nine rebounds while Tim Young (Brockton, Mass.) buried three three-pointers one the way to 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds sending fifth-seeded Newbury past fourth-seed and host Daniel Webster, 65-51 in the quarterfinals of the New England Collegiate Conference championship tournament Tuesday night at Mario Vagge Gymnasium.
Eric Watson (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Kwame Thompson (Brockton) chipped in with 10 points apiece as the Nighthawks (12-14) avenged two regular season losses to the Eagles and advanced to face top seed and final four host Becker College in a Friday night semifinal beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Daris Cosby (Albany, N.Y.) paced Daniel Webster with 12 points, which finished its season 9-16 overall. Dave Schindewolf (Robbinsville, N.J.) added 10 points and 10 rebounds, while David Feinstein notched 10 points, four assists and five rebounds off the bench. John Hickson (Springfield, Mass.) chipped in with nine points.
Senior David Kulowitch (San Diego, Cal.) finished with eight boards, five points and four assists in his final collegiate outing, while fellow senior Justin Lewandowski (Bordentown, N.J.) had three points and two boards.
DWC struggled in the opening half, hitting for a season-low 17 points and shot only 23-percent while Newbury, which led by as many as nine, also struggled but fared slightly better with just 21 points and shot 34-percent.
Newbury only trailed twice in the opening minute and half and built its four point lead at the break into a 13-point advantage behind an 11-2 run to open the second keyed by six points with two layups coming from Rosemond.
Trailing by 11 (41-30) after Young's second trey in less than a minute, DWC pulled within five behind layups from Feinstein and Hickson and a Kulowitch three brought the hosts all the way back to within two at 47-45 with 6:46 remaining.
But Newbury answered connecting on four straight layups while DWC missed three straight and turned the ball over twice. When the dust cleared, Watson had buried two while Marshall and Watson added one each and an 8-0 run pushed the lead back to 53-43 with 3:22 left.
A Cosby three and Feinstein jumper made it a 53-48 game with 2:38 to go, but Rosemond would go five of six at the line over the next minute and a half and the Eagles would pull no closer.
Newbury would finish with decisive advantages scoring in the paint (34-22) and points off turnovers (25-8), negating DWC's slight advantage on the glass. The Nighthawks would finish shooting 40-percent on the night, while DWC finished 34-percent.