Amherst, N.Y. - The NYIT men's basketball team traveled north for a snowy East Coast Conference contest against Daemen College Wednesday afternoon. After trailing the Wildcats by four at halftime, the Bears let the contest slip away, resulting in an 88-74 loss. The team falls to 2-6 overall as the home team improves to 6-4 this season.
Leading the offense with another double-double this season was Jon Feiler, who accounted for 24 points, behind 10-for-17 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds despite the loss. Two other starters also reached double-figure points as Kieran Hamilton and Jeffrey Hayden were responsible for 12 and 10, respectively while combining for five assists. Three of the five starters for Daemen each collected 13 points while Aleks Miljenovic topped his team with 15 points.
The Bears got out to a slow start, falling back eight points to the Wildcats in the opening four minutes of the first half. Back-to-back free throws from Hayden kick started a 10-3 run in favor of the Blue and Gold over the next three minutes that brought the game to an even 21-21 score. The hosts were able to pull away as the half came to a close, but Justin Fackler and Feiler contributed to keep the game within reach.
Daemen came out of the locker room and committed an 18-4 run to open the second half of action, shooting three-for-five from beyond the arc. Domonic Josephs put a stop to the run with a tre of his own but it was not enough to hold back the Wildcats who continued to press on offense. The hosts were able to maintain nearly a 20-point lead with their largest coming at the 1:09 mark. NYIT closed out the game with a 9-3 run, but it was not enough to cut into the advantage the home team had jumped out to.
The Bears return to action on Saturday, Decemeber 17 when they take on neighbor LIU Post at the Pratt Recreation Center at 4:00 p.m.
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