2014 Basketball Champions

  • Both Dean College Basketball Programs Are 2014 Champions

    On Saturday, March 1, both the Dean College Men's and Women's Basketball teams battled for the title of Region XXI Division II Champions, and both were victorious.

    Then, on Saturday, March 8, the Dean College Men's Basketball team went on to become NJCAA District 2 Champions.

    The Bulldogs lost a tough second game of the NJCAA Division II national tournament on Thursday, March 20 against St. Louis Community College, 92-79. Congratulations on being Regional Champions and having the honor of making it to Nationals in Danville!

    Men's Basketball Champs 1

    First National Tournament Game

    The Dean College Bulldogs (21-4) battled to the final buzzer, but fell short, 85-82, in their bid to win their opening game at the NJCAA Division II national tournament. They faced Essex County College (24-5) from Newark, New Jersey and came out of the gate early, opening up a 21-11 lead in the first half.  Essex came roaring back, using their dominant size to take a 6-point lead at the half. In the second half, Essex was able to extend its lead to twelve with ten minutes to go before Dean made its move. Behind its tenacious defense and clutch 3-point shooting, Dean took an 82-81 lead with 41 seconds left in the game.  Essex forced a turnover and Chris Compas, who led Essex with 21 points, was fouled with 34 seconds. He made both free throws which gave them a 83-82 lead and the Dean Bulldogs played for the last shot.  Charles Correa's outside shot attempt was wide with five seconds and Dean was forced to foul, which led to the final score.

    Keyon Armstrong led the Dean Bulldogs with 21 points, with five three-pointers and a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line. Jamal Reuben and Jalen Myrie chipped in with 14 and 13 points, respectively.


    District Championship Game

    On March 8, 2014, the Dean College Men's Basketball team built a 55-36 lead at halftime on the hot shooting of Antonio Pires (Carver, MA), who scored 12 points, to advance to the national tournament. Joe Clarke (New Rochelle, NY) led all Dean scorers with 19 points, including going 11-12 from the foul line. Jamal Reuben (Brockton, MA) had key baskets down the stretch with 17 points, including 3 long range 3-pointers, and also played excellent defense with 4 steals.  Overall, Dean had five players in double figures and raised their season record to 21-3 heading into the nationals. 

    Regional Championship Game

    The Bulldogs took on the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in the Pieri Gymnasium on March 1, 2014 and defeated them with a score of 82-67 to obtain the title of Region XI Division II Champions. Keyon Armstrong’s 24 points lead the Bulldogs to their win, which was the third win of the season against the Knights. Dean (20-3) will take on Monroe Community College (23-6) this Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the Pieri Gymnasium for the District 2 Championship game. Dean is ranked 11th in the latest NJCAA national poll while Monroe is 14th. The winner of this game will advance to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Danville, Illinois on March 18-23, 2014.

     Women's Basketball Champs 1

    District Championship Game

    On March 8, 2014, the Dean College Women's Basketball team lost a tough game to Essex County College (Newark, NJ), 63-56, as a four point halftime lead evaporated at the ten-minute mark of the second half and the Bulldogs were forced to play catch up the rest of the way. Dean’s second leading scorer, Vanessa Sylvain (Brockton, MA), went down early in the second half with a game ending ankle injury and starting point guard Victoria Nguyen (Woburn, MA) was in foul trouble all game. Dean only scored 23 points in the second half without two key cogs to their offense. The Lady Bulldogs finished one of their best seasons at 17-6 and their first Region XXI title since 2002.

    Regional Championship Game

    The Lady Bulldogs won their first Region XXI Championship on Saturday, March 1, 2014 with a win over Orange County Community College, 81-76. This is head coach Grahm Smith’s first year coaching the Dean College women’s team and his pressing and fast break style has been instrumental in the team’s overall success. Dean lead the country in steals this season, averaging 17 thefts a game. The 17-5 Lady Bulldogs will host their District Tournament against Essex County College (19-11) this Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00pm in the Pieri Gymnasium.

    Congratulations to the coaches and players who made this possible!

Take the next Step

  • The Dean Experience: Life as a Student-Athlete

  • Fan Zone

    Get the latest scores, news, videos and tweets in the Bulldogs Fan Zone! Details »