WORCESTER, Mass. – Clark University men's basketball fell in a non-conference affair on Tuesday night as 22 points from Bobby Perette and 21 rebounds from Mike Rapoza boosted Anna Maria to an 81-72 final at the Kneller Athletic Center.
Score: Amcats 81, Cougars 72
Records: Clark University (3-4) | Anna Maria (1-6)
How it Happened
Junior Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) logged his fourth double-double of the season with a game-high 27 points to go with 12 rebounds. Junior Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) chipped in with 18 points on four-of-seven from three-point range while handing out a season-high eight assists.
Junior Charles Stevens (Bronx, N.Y.) led all bench scorers with nine points, all coming by way of the triple, in 15 minutes played for the Cougars. Sophomore Joel Arteaga (Wyncote, Pa.) finished tied with Davern for the team-lead with three steals.
Clark University opened up with a quick 8-0 unanswered run as a pair of three-pointers from Gayman got the offense going. With an 11-7 deficit, the Amcats battled back to the tune of 13 straight points with Perette contributing eight points over that span.
With 5:10 to go in the half, the Amcats gained their largest lead of the frame on a Ralph Grasso Jr. layup, but the Cougars battled back throughout the remaining time starting with a transition bucket from Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass) on a feed from Davern.
The Cougars used the play to spark a 12-5 run lasting the remainder of the frame with Davern catching fire with six of his eight points of the half over that span to cut the deficit, 40-35, headed into the break.
Anna Maria was able to keep an arm's length to start the second half despite the Cougars showing fight. Davern carried over his momentum from the first half, contributing nine of 12 points to start the segment to trim the gap to 49-47.
With 12:40 left in regulation, the Cougars nabbed their first lead since the opening frame at 54-53 as Davern knocked down a jumper off a feed from Arteaga. But Anna Maria quickly regained control as Rapoza's lay-up sparked a 6-0 run to re-up the margin.
Later, Gayman came away with a steal which led to transition points off a lay-up from Davern to knot the score at 63-63 with 6:24 left on the clock. After a free-throw from Rapoza, the Cougars took possession of a 66-64 lead as Stevens drilled a three-pointer atop the arc.
Anna Maria settled in as a layup from Demario Scarpegnato led to an 11-2 Amcat run to swing a 75-68 lead in their favor with 1:27 left to play. The Cougars made a late-push, shrinking the deficit to three points following free-throws from Arteaga, but points in transition allowed the visitors to hold onto the 81-72 final.
Anna Maria shot 33-for-65 (50.8%) throughout the contest while hitting at a 9-of-20 (45%) clip from three-point range while Clark University finished 29-of-67 (43.4%) from the floor.
The Cougars return to the hardwood on Tuesday, December 3 when they travel to Becker College for a 6:00 pm nonconference matchup.