MBB: Cougars Toppled by Becker, 69-54

Photo by Frank Poulin
Photo by Frank Poulin

LEICESTER, Mass. – The Clark University men's basketball team suffered a non-conference setback in their first action in a week on Tuesday night as a 22-point, 15 rebound double-double from Mateus Ribeiro led Becker to a 69-54 win at the Leicester Gymnasium.

The Basics

Score: Hawks 69, Cougars 54

Records: Clark University (3-5) | Becker College (4-5)

How it Happened

Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) finished with a team-high 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the floor while notching a game-high five steals and tying the game-high of five assists.

Joel Arteaga (Wyncote, Pa.) registered seven points with five rebounds while Matthew Waggett (Saugus, Mass.) picked up seven points to go with a new career-high of three blocks. Zackary Mittlestadt (Wilton, Maine) logged seven points in a career-high 30 minutes and Antonio Lapeyrolerie (Plano, Texas) corralled a team-high eight rebounds.  

Outside of Ribeiro, who finished with a game-high 22 points to lead the Hawks, Becker received 14 points and four steals from Mekhi Chester and 13 points, six rebounds and five assists by Jamie Carr.  

The game opened with fast-paced action as both teams were able to get out in transition in the early goings. Clark University grabbed their first lead of the night on a three-pointer from Sean Christy (Cumberland, R.I.) for a 3-2 score before Lapeyrolerie came off the bench to knot the game at 9-9 with a three-pointer of his own with 15:36 to go.

With 11:29 remaining in the half, the Cougars gained traction on the offensive end as a triple from Arteaga sparked an 11-2 run which also saw Gayman pick up six points for a 26-18 advantage.

The Cougars opened up their lead by 11 points before the end of the half as a 7-2 scoring spurt gave the team control of a 33-22 margin with 5:11 remaining. But the Hawks clawed back as Dean Jones III and Mateus Riberio scored nine of 11 unanswered points to tie it up at 33-33 heading into the halftime break.

After a layup from Waggett got the scoring started in the second half for a 35-33 Cougars' lead, Becker hit its stride with a 12-2 scoring run giving the Hawks possession of a 45-37 advantage.

The Hawks kept their rhythm going throughout the half, led by Riberio who logged 11 points and eight rebounds during the second period to bolster the offense. Becker outscored the Cougars 36-21 over the final 20 minutes to earn the 69-54 victory.

Becker led by a 57-30 margin on the glass while scoring 14 second-chance points. Clark came away with a season-high 11 steals and six blocks on the defensive end.

Up Next

The Cougars travel to Framingham State for a 3:00 pm non-conference tilt on Saturday, November 7.