MBB: Cougars Erase 13-Point Gap, Hold On To 78-76 Win Over Regis

Photo by Nico Lee
Photo by Nico Lee

WESTON, Mass. – Clark University men's basketball notched its second win of the season on Tuesday night as the Cougars erased a 13-point deficit before withstanding a fiery comeback attempt to defeat Regis College, 78-76, in a non-conference matchup on the road.

The Basics

Score: Cougars 78, Pride 76

Records: Clark University (2-3) | Regis College (0-3)

How it Happened

For the fourth consecutive game, junior Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) paced the Cougars in points, posting a game-high 25 to lead the offense. Additionally, the forward recorded his third consecutive double-double, collecting a game-high 13 rebounds to go with a pair of assists and one block. 

Junior Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) shot 6-of-8 from the field to amass 15 points for the Cougars while dishing out six assists. Sophomore Joel Arteaga (Wyncote, Pa.) produced a season-high 12 points to go with six assists while also corralling seven rebounds. Sophomore Antonio Lapeyrolerie (Plano, Texas) logged 12 points off the bench to aid the Cougars in the victory, tallying a new season-high to round out the double-figure scorers for the team.  

The teams opened up with a back-and-forth exchange as Davern and Gayman got it going early for the Cougars, chipping in four points apiece to give the team a 10-6 lead. The teams battled closely until a layup from Justin Evelyn with 10:24 left in the half sparked a 12-0 run for the Pride, opening up a 30-17 advantage.

With 5:08 left in the half, Clark began to chip away at the deficit as a pair of free throws from Arteaga jolted a 14-7 run lasting the remainder of the half, with the sophomore contributing five points down the stretch to cut the deficit to five (37-32) headed into the break.

Regis' Jalil Wilkerson began the second half with a lay-up, but the Cougars quickly took control as Gayman bookended an 11-point unanswered run with three-pointers on both ends to swing a 43-39 advantage to the visitors.

With 16:21 left on the clock, the Cougars extended their lead as sophomore Sean Christy (Cumberland, R.I.) canned a triple to trigger a 9-2 drive, with Davern kicking in five points of his own for a 52-42 lead. Later, Arteaga converted a look inside the paint to give Clark its largest lead of the game at 63-52 to force a Pride timeout with 9:49 left in regulation. 

Regis gathered momentum right out of the timeout break as a lay-in from Marc Trinidad allowed the host to go on a seven-point unanswered run to shrink the deficit to just four points. After jumpers from Lapeyrolerie and Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) pushed the lead back to eight for Clark, the Pride showed they wouldn't surrender as six-straight points made it a three-point contest with 5:53 left to play.

With 1:09 left, Regis cut the gap 74-71 on a layup from Dimitri Rosa before another by Trinidad made it a one-point game. Rosa knocked down a running three-pointer with two seconds left, but Clark's ability to convert from the charity stripe in the waning moments allowed the Cougars to hold on to the 78-76 final score.

Clark had its best shooting performance of the season with a 29-for-54 (53.7%) clip from the field while knocking down 11-of-15 chances (73.3%) at the free-throw stripe. The Cougars also set a new season-high in assists with the team dishing out 18 as a unit. 

Up Next

Clark University returns to the Kneller Athletic Center as it welcomes Connecticut College for a 2:00 pm non-conference showdown on Saturday, November 23.