NEWPORT, R.I. (December 1, 2019) - Salve Regina University junior Kevin Kelly (Valhalla, N.Y.) made all eight field goal attempts, including two 3-pointers, and registered seven rebounds, seven assists, and two blocked shots in a 99-68 men's basketball win over Dean College at the Rodgers Recreation Center. The visitors drop to 2-6 overall and Salve Regina (2-4) not only wins its second straight home game but again shatters its program-record for field goal percentage (66.7%; 40-for-60).
The Seahawks never trailed as Cameron Collins (Oakdale, Conn.) won the opening tip to Mikey Spencer (Abington, Mass.) who fed a sprinting Collins for an easy layup in the first five seconds. Junior Stephen Natola (Exeter, N.H.) drained a corner three and Collins followed with a steal and a dunk for a 7-0 score just over a minute into the game.
After a timeout, Ozwaldo Terrazas (Odessa, Texas) followed a couple of Bulldog misses with an offensive putback for the first points for Dean.
With an 18-9 lead, sophomore Chris Peasley (Plainfield, Conn.) sparked an 11-4 run for the Seahawks with a couple of buckets in two minutes. Joel Jones (Fayetteville, N.C.) had a layup and a jumper to get the Bulldog deficit back to single digits (40-31, with 1:36 remaining in first half) before Salve Regina finished the frame with a 7-2 run. Andrew Bronstein (Needham, Mass.) scored a layup at the buzzer for a 47-33 advantage at the break.
Salve Regina opened the second half with a 15-3 run, with nine points from Spencer including a 3-pointer and a dunk. Even though 10 different Seahawks provided offense, the Bulldog bench outscored the hosts, 30-19, thanks primarily to 17 points from D'caran Anderson (Compton, Calif.).
Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) finished with 16 points and Jordan Lynch-Rexroth (Harrisburg, Pa.) contributed a dozen for Dean. Spencer led all players with 26 points and 10 rebounds, Collins collected 21 points, and Kelly finished with 20 points for the Seahawks.
Salve Regina opens its Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) schedule at Western New England University on Wednesday in Springfield, Mass. Dean College travels to Bridgewater State University on Thursday for the second of its four-game road trip.