Old Westbury, N.Y. - Four starters from the NYIT men's basketball team reached double-figures in a conference matchup with Molloy College en route to a 76-73 victory Wednesday night. The win improved the Bears to 2-4 in league action as the Lions move to 7-7 overall this season.
The Bears were led by Walter King, who scored a season-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Jeffrey Hayden and Jon Feiler each had 15 points, as Feiler polished off the double-double with season-best 23 rebounds. Also reaching double figures in the victory was Kieran Hamilton who's four-three pointers yielded him 12 points.
The Bears took an early 11-4 lead, but field goals from Nick Corbett, Jaylen Morris and Curtis Jenkins allowed the Lions to score seven straight to even the game at 11 all. Scoring see-sawed between the two teams as the game featured four ties in the opening minutes of the first half. With 9:39 on the clock, Jenkins put up a layup to push Molloy ahead 22-20. Walter King and Henrik Davidsen combined for seven consecutive points to give NYIT the five point advantage.
Back-to-back layups from Feiler sparked a 7-2 run over the last four minutes of action. Jenkins brought the game within three for Molloy College with his two contributions at the charity stripe. The home team outrebounded the Lions 24-17 with Feiler accounting for half.
King opened the second half with a jumper to extend the Bears' lead to five points. Molloy continued pressuring, never letting NYIT out of striking distance. With 13:03 remaining, a basket from Mike Guzzardi brought Molloy within two points, sending the score to 50-48. The Lions took their first lead of the half with a shot from beyond the arc from Charlie Marquardt, however the Bears quickly responded with a 13-2 run to go up by as much as ten points.
Two consecutive slam dunks from Jenkins and Morris brought Molloy back within one point with 2:37 left to play. Three points from King and a foul shot from Zach Moore put the Bears ahead 74-69 with one minute on the game clock. Marquardt and Torre combined for three points in the final 30 seconds to once again bring the Maroon and White within one, but two late foul shots from King handed the home team the 76-73 win.
The NYIT men's basketball team returns to their home court on Saturday, January 7 when they host District of Columbia at 1 p.m. in Recreation Hall.
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