Men's Basketball Shoots Down Babson, 75-71
BABSON PARK, Mass.
, Jan. 18, 2005 -- Junior Derek Yvon (East Longmeadow, Mass.)
knocked down four critical free throws in the final seven seconds to help visiting Springfield College earn a 75-71 victory over host Babson College in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men’s basketball contest on Tuesday night.
SC improved to 11-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference, while Babson slipped to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the NEWMAC.
After taking a 42-36 advantage at halftime, the Pride held a five-point lead, 48-43, with 15 minutes remaining in the game. Springfield junior Joel Aponte (Windsor, Conn.)
then converted an offensive rebound and put back followed by a three-pointer to spark a 9-0 run that extended the visitors’ lead to 14 at 59-45. The Pride eventually pushed its advantage to as many as 17 at 64-47 when Yvon converted a conventional three-point play with 9:27 left in the contest.
Babson slowly chipped away at the SC lead over the next four minutes, getting to within nine, 68-59, on a three-pointer by sophomore Brandon Eigenberg with just over five minutes remaining. Yvon then nailed two free throws to push the Pride’s lead back to 11 with 4:33 on the clock, but the Beavers followed with a 12-1 run to tie the game at 71-71. Senior C.J. Enere hit two straight lay-ups during the spurt to pull Babson to within six, and senior tri-captain Phil Riffe cut it to four, 71-67, with two free throws with 1:38left.
After Enere hit the second of two free throws to cut Babson’s deficit to three with 51.9 seconds on the clock, senior tri-captain Brooks Brown came up with a steal to give the ball back to the Beavers with 24 seconds remaining. Following a time out, Brown knocked down a huge three-pointer from well beyond the arc on the right side, tying the game at 71-71 with 14 seconds left. On the next play, Yvon drew a foul with 7.0 showing on the clock and put SC back in front with two straight free throws. Junior Mike DeCesar (Acton, Mass.)
then clinched the game with a steal at midcourt, and Yvon sank two more freebies with 0.1 seconds remaining.
Yvon led all players with 21 points, hitting 6-of-8 from the floor and 7-of-7 from the line. DeCesar added 14 points in the win, while Aponte recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Pride shot 54.2 percent from the field (26-for-48), including an impressive 76.9 percent clip (10-for-13) from three-point range.
Head Coach Charlie Brock
Charlie Brock in 2012-13 will enter his 15th season as the head coach at Springfield College and his 33rd season as a head coach overall. Brock’s achievements as a coach are certainly impressive. He has taken three schools to the NCAA Division III Tournament and has an overall, 32-year record of 440-397. Read more
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