Orangeburg, N.Y. - The NYIT men's basketball program snapped a three-game losing streak with a 95-89 victory over Dominican College Monday evening. The non-conference win improves the Bears to 3-7 this season as the hosting Chargers move to 7-4.
Offensively, all Blue and Gold starters reached double-digit points with Kieran Hamilton leading all players with 24 points. Following closely behind was Onyekachi Nzerem who posted 22 points with a perfect 6-for-6 performance from the free throw line and 4-for-4 shooting from three-point range. Walter King and Jeffery Hayden were responsible for 13 and 11, respectively as Jon Feiler notched another double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. As a team, NYIT shot over 50 percent from the field, compared to the Charger's 47. Leading the way for Dominican was Gerrel Irvin who boasted a career-high 38 points despite the loss.
The Bears lost their early lead less than three minutes into the game, when an 10-2 run for the Chargers pushed them ahead 15-9. Contributions from Arvelle Jones and Henrik Davidsen were able to keep the game within single digits through the halfway mark of the first as a timely tre from Hamilton locked the contest at 43-43. Over the final four minutes of the opening frame, NYIT rattled off a 15-6 run to take a four-point advantage as the teams headed for their respective locker rooms.
Seven straight points from the visitors helped them maintain the lead to open the second half of action and a personal foul from three-point range sent Nzerem to the line at 16:53- where he knocked down all three to stretch the Bears lead into double-figures. A 9-2 run from the home team swung momentum in their favor under the ten minute mark, but a connection of King to Davidsen for three put NYIT back on top.
The Blue and Gold never relinquished that lead at 4:42 as they kept pushing ahead for their largest score of the season in just their third win of the year.
NYIT men's basketball breaks for the holiday but returns to action on Friday, December 30 when they travel cross town to take on Adelphi University at 1:00 p.m. before celebrating the new year.
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