WORCESTER, Mass. — Terry Hicks drilled a career-best seven 3-point field goals and finished with a team-high 21 points on Sunday night, as Bloomfield claimed a 69-60 victory against Franklin Pierce in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Bloomfield’s attack came out firing on all cylinders in the opening stages of the contest, as they posted shot 53 percent from the field over the opening 20 minutes of play. Franklin Pierce led for the opening two minutes before a jumper by Matt Wafula gave the Deacons the lead with 17:30 remaining in the period, beginning a blistering 28-17 run to up the advantage to as high as 13 before entering halftime holding a 42-30 lead.
The night belonged to Hicks, as the second-year sharpshooter buried 5-of-6 three-point attempts and went into intermission with 15 points. Wafula also posted double-figures in the first half with 11.
Franklin Pierce erased a 12-point halftime lead for Bloomfield as it tied the score at 46-46 on a 3-pointer by Eric Jean-Guillaume with 14:06 remaining in regulation. But the Deacons would execute a dominant stretch of basketball to close the contest, ouscoring the Ravens 23-14 over the remainder of the game. Bloomfield concluded the evening shooting 51 percent from the field, torching the Ravens from beyond the arc by hitting eight of their 11 attempts from long-range.
Four players reached double-figures in scoring for the balanced Deacons attack, with Wafula netting 18 points and six rebounds on 8-12 shooting. Ahmad Harris totaled 11 points, eight rebounds and a game-high eight assists in a trademark performance, while Kevin Udo narrowly missed a double-double with 10 points, nine rebounds and a game-high four blocks. Ellis Cooper paced Franklin Pierce in the loss with 22 points while Jean-Guillaume finished with 21.