SALEM, Mass. – Clark University men's basketball dropped a non-conference matchup in the final contest of 2019 on Monday as Endicott's starting five notched a combined 74 points to pilot the Gulls to a 94-71 final on day two of the Salem State Holiday Classic.
Score: Gulls 94, Cougars 71
Records: Clark University (5-6) | Endicott (9-3)
How it Happened
Junior Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) paced the Cougars by matching the game-highs of 19 points and six rebounds, picking up team MVP honors of the tournament following the contest. Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) continued a streak of 11 straight games in double-figures with a 13-point, five-assist effort.
Sophomore Antonio Lapeyrolerie (Plano, Texas) tallied 11 points during a 25-minute outing in his second start of the season. Sophomore Zackary Mittelstadt (Wilton, Maine) led all bench-scorers with 13 points 6-of-14 from the floor with three rebounds.
Endicott was led by its starters as Keith Brown matched the game-high of 19 points while Jalen Echevarria and Billy Arseneault combined for 30 points.
The teams traded buckets in the opening two minutes with Gayman registering four points for the Cougars early on. But the Gulls gained a cushion shortly after as first-year Jalen Echevarria bookended a 7-0 unanswered run with a layup and three-pointer to take give the team a 10-4 margin.
With a 14-7 deficit and under 16 minutes left in the half, the Cougars offense received three-pointers from Gayman and Lapeyrolerie as part of an 8-4 scoring run to cut the gap to just three points. But the Gulls would not allow the Cougars to get any closer than that on the scoreboard, extending out to a sizeable lead following a 17-4 scoring drive and taking a 55-34 lead into the break.
Clark chipped at the deficit early in the second half as three-pointers by Davern bookended a 13-1 scoring drive to shrink the gap, 59-47, with 15:21 remaining. Davern stood in a rhythm in the final half, scoring 13 points over that time, including five unanswered points with 11:25 to go.
The Endicott starters remained in control, however, as eight points from Matt McDevitt led a 25-point closeout from the starting unit en route to a 94-71 decision.
Clark finished 28-for-61 from the field (45.9%) to that of a 38-for-63 display (60.3%) from Endicott. The Gulls controlled a 36-26 advantage on the glass while creating 26 points off turnovers during the contest.
The Cougars enter New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference action for the remainder of the regular season starting on Wednesday, January 8 with a home tilt against Wheaton College at 7:00 pm.