Brookville, N.Y. - The NYIT men's basketball team took a trip down Northern Boulevard Saturday afternoon to meet up with LIU Post in an East Coast Conference contest. The Bears were locked at the half with the Pioneers, but ultimately dropped an 80-71 decision to the Pioneers who improve to 3-1 in ECC play as the visitors move to 2-7 overall this season.
Topping all players was Kieran Hamilton, who accounted for 17 points- he was one of three starters that reached double-figures in the loss. Jon Feiler completed another double-double with 14 points and 21 rebounds, matching his career-high from two seasons ago. Jeffrey Hayden and Walter King were responsible for 11 and 13 points respectively, the latter just missing the double-double with nine rebounds. Leading the offense for the Pioneers was Kyle McLeggan, who went 9-for-10 from the free throw line.
The Green and Gold opened the game with six unanswered points, however back-to-back three pointers from Hamilton knotted the game at 14-14 at the ten minute mark. The Bears were able to take their first lead of the half when Onyekachi Nzerem knocked down two free throws with under two minutes to play. A late foul from NYIT sent Hunter Powell to the line to shoot two, which were both good, making it an even game as the teams broke for the locker room.
The home team started the second half with an 11-0 run, putting the Bears in a hole. NYIT responded with a 9-0 spurt in a two-minute stint to close the gap to 58-53 at the 8:36 mark. Junior Dominic Josephs drilled a bucket in the paint with 8:36 left to make it a two-possession game. That was as close as the visitors got however, as Jared Rivers knocked down a three from the corner only 10 seconds later to silence the Bears' comeback effort.
The team returns to action on Monday, December 19 when they hit the road for a non-conference contest against the Chargers of Dominican College at 7:00 p.m.
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