Garden City, N.Y. - Despite another double-double performance from graduate student Jon Feiler, the NYIT men's basketball team fell to cross-town rival Adelphi University Friday afternoon. Four starters from the Bears team reached double-digit points but it was not enough as they team moves to 3-8 with a 101-82 loss. The Panthers improve to 10-3 and junior Michael Coffey notched his 1,000th career point in the victory.
Leading the Blue and Gold offense was Feiler, who finished with 21 points and 20 rebounds for his tenth double-double this season. Jeffrey Hayden was next in line with 17 points as Kieran Hamilton and Walter King accounted for 13 and 12 points, respectively. Topping all players was Jack Laffey of the Brown and Gold, who was responsible for 27 points behind 11-for-17 shooting from the field.
The Bears found themselves in an early hole just two minutes in as the hosts took a 10-4 lead on a Manny Suarez three-pointer. Contributions from Feiler, Nzerem and Hayden allowed NYIT to take their only lead of the half at the 14:10 mark, but Adelphi committed a 15-3 run that swung the game back in their favor with under 10 minutes to play. The home team shot over fifty percent from the field in the first frame, stretching their lead to eight as the teams broke for their respective locker rooms.
The Brown and Gold's lead moved to double figures to begin the second half, but the Bears edged to within six thanks to a 5-0 spurt to bring the score to 61-55 with help from Domonic Josephs and Feiler. Hot shooting from behind the arc by Laffey and McGuinness kept the visitors at bay, while Millender also had a hand in Adelphi's late scoring over that time. Over the final six minutes, Adelphi pushed late, recording a game-ending 13-7 run to put them over the century mark and earn the win.
The team returns to action in the new year when they take on St. Michael's on January 2 in a non-conference tilt against the Purple Knights starting at 1:00 p.m.
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