Old Westbury, N.Y. - The NYIT men's basketball team let an eight-point lead at halftime slip away in an East Coast Conference contest against District of Columbia Saturday afternoon, dropping a 71-69 final decision. The loss moves the Bears to 4-10 in league action as the Firebirds improve to 5-1 against conference opponents.
Leading NYIT, despite the loss was Jon Feiler who raked in another double double behind 22 points and 17 rebounds, with 9-of-16 shooting from the field. Joining Feiler in double-figures was Jeffrey Hayden who accounted for 20 and Walter King who chipped in 14. They also combined for seven assists and 14 rebounds. The hosts out-rebounded 54-29 and out-scored in the paint (44-32) and in second chance points (16-1) but fell behind in points off turnovers and made free throws. For the Firebirds, Kasim Chandler led all players with 25 points, to reach a career milestone of 1,000 points.
The home team found themselves at their largest deficit of the contest with 13:23 left in the first when Traevon Butler converted a three-point play, giving UDC a 19-14 advantage. Still a 21-16 visitor lead as the clock dipped under 12 minutes in the first half, NYIT's Feiler converted a layup that kicked off a 21-8 march to end the half by the Bears. Feiler had eight points during that stretch, and NYIT had the momentum and a 37-29 lead at halftime.
Coming out of the break, NYIT continued to press on offense however the Firebirds were never far behind. The teams traded three-pointers with under 14:25 to play that locked the game but then swung the momentum back in favor of the Bears. Through the halfway point the visitors committed a 12-4 run that put them ahead, but not before three more ties and two lead changes was it secured down the stretch.
YIT's King drew a UDC foul with 13 seconds remaining, but only converted the 2nd of his two free throws to cut the lead to three. The Firebirds were then able to run off five seconds before NYIT fouled Butler to stop the clock at eight seconds remaining. Butler, too, missed his first shot at the line, but managed to make the second attempt to seal the victory.
On the Bears' final possession of the game down by four, Kieran Hamilton and Onyekachi Nzerem had two separate cracks at three-point attempts but missed both. Feiler gathered the offensive rebound on the second miss and put in a layup as time expired, but not soon enough as regulation came to a close.
The Bears are back in action on Thursday, January 12 when they host Saint Anselm College in non-conference action. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. but that is subject to change. Follow the Bears on twitter (@NYITBears) and visit nyitbears.com before heading out to support the team.
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