FRANKLIN, Mass.- Jordan Lynch-Rexroth (Harrisburg, Pa.) didn't miss a shot – going a perfect 11-for-11 from the field and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe in helping guide fourth-seeded Dean College to an 89-77 win over Elms College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tournament quarterfinal men's basketball action on Tuesday evening.
The win for the Bulldogs over the fifth-seeded Blazers is their seventh in a row over their league rival and sets up a semifinal match for Dean with the tournament's top seed, New England College on Thursday evening in Henniker, N.H.
It was a wire-to-wire victory for the Bulldogs, who shot 52 percent from the field and led by as many as 24 points late in the second half.
Ahead 47-34 early in the second half, Dean quickly saw its lead balloon to 56-36 following a traditional three-point play by Lynch-Rexroth and three-pointers from both Kevin Clark (Miami Gardens, Fla.) and Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.).
Lynch-Rexroth was in total control in the final 20 minutes, scoring 18 (8-for-8 field goals) of his career-high 25 points in 17 second half minutes.
After the Dean advantage was cut to 17 with a little more than five minutes remaining, the Bulldogs responded with hoops from Clark and Booker to push the lead to 83-62 with less than four minutes to play.
In addition to his career-high scoring night, Lynch-Rexroth added 11 rebounds. Clark, meanwhile, had 16 points and Booker totaled a game-best 30 points to go along with six rebounds and a career-high 12 assists.
Ahmad Conner led the Blazers with 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting.
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.
(Story courtesy of Dean Sports Information)