Becker topples William Paterson
Cohen paces Hawks with 25 points in upset of No. 12 Pioneers
WAYNE, N.J. -- Jerome Cohen paced Becker (24-4) with 25 points and eight rebounds as the Hawks upset No. 12 William Paterson (24-5) 69-53 in the first round of the Division III tournament on Friday night.
Rajai Leggett scored 17 points for the Hawks, while Terrance Favors contributed seven points and eight boards. Chris Canady had seven rebounds and three assists, and Yahmad Rountree chipped in seven points off the bench.
Corey Chandler scored a game-best 32 points for the host Pioneers, adding six rebounds and three steals. Lance Brown added six points and a team-best eight rebounds for William Paterson.
Tied at 25-25 at halftime, Becker blew the game open with a 13-2 second-half run, expanding a 45-42 lead with 10:11 to play into a 58-44 advantage with 4:20 left. The Pioneers missed seven consecutive field goals and committed two turnovers during the stretch.
During the final 20 minutes, Becker shot 51.6 percent from the floor and out-rebounded William Paterson 28-14 while limiting the Pioneers to a field-goal percentage of 24.1.
The Pioneers jumped to an early 11-4 lead after Chandler drove the lane and made a layup 5:20 into the contest. Becker battled back, hitting on three consecutive shots to make it a one-point game.
William Paterson opened its lead up to 21-15 with 6:53 remaining in the half after Brown made a layup off a feed from Chandler. The back-and-forth play continued, and a 3-pointer by Donovin Ford-Hayes gave Becker a 25-23 edge with 2:41 remaining in the first half. Two Chandler free throws with 1:25 on the clock knotted the score at 25-25, and the two teams combined for three misses and a trio of turnovers to end the period.
Overall, Becker enjoyed a 47-35 rebounding advantage, and out-scored William Paterson 32-18 in the paint and 16-6 off turnovers. The Hawks finished with a 44.1 field-goal percentage and the Pioneers were just 16-for-57 (.281) from the floor.