WALTHAM, Mass. – The Concordia Clippers men's basketball team participated in Bentley University's Tip-Off Classic on Saturday evening. Concordia faced Saint Anselm College as the Clippers topped the Hawks, 103-92, to earn the program's first-ever victory against Saint Anselm according to historical records.
Concordia began the game with an 8-0 lead as the Clippers increased their lead to double digits at the 15:50 mark of the first half, 14-4. Concordia would hold a 25-12 advantage with 12:34 to go as the Hawks called a timeout to regroup. From here Saint Anselm slowly cut into the deficit and would tie the game a 29-29 with 7:40 remaining on the clock. Moments later the Hawks took their first lead of the game as the Clippers trailed 46-36 at the 3:57 mark. Concordia ended the half on an 11-6 run as Saint Anselm went into the locker room with a 52-47 advantage.
In the second half the Hawks would increase their lead to 61-52 with 17:29 remaining on the clock as the Clippers battled their way back to knot the score at 80-80 a the 7:27 mark. The advantage on the scoreboard would change hands on multiple occasions until a dunk by junior Jayson Cethoute (Queens, N.Y.) sparked a 16-0 run to put Concordia ahead for good en route to their 103-92 win over Saint Anselm.
Redshirt-Junior Cedrick McFadden (Washington, D.C.) led Concordia with 25 points, tying his career-high, and seven assists as junior Stephen Milhaven (Port Washington, N.Y.) recorded a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Cethoute scored a career-best 18 points while Elijah Brown (Maplewood, N.J.) added 14 points, seven rebounds, and five assists and sophomore Brandon Fields (Washington, D.C.) chipped in with 11 points.
The Clippers (1-0) will next battle Bentley tomorrow evening in their final game at the host's Tip-Off Classic. The action is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. back at the Dana Center as fans unable to attend can follow the action by clicking on the live stats and video links under the men's basketball schedule page on ConcordiaClippers.com.