Men's basketball hits century mark after honoring seniors

NYIT honored Henrik Davidsen, Jon Feiler, Leonard James and Onyekachi Nzerem in a pregame ceremony at Recreation Hall on Senior Day.
NYIT honored Henrik Davidsen, Jon Feiler, Leonard James and Onyekachi Nzerem in a pregame ceremony at Recreation Hall on Senior Day.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The NYIT men's basketball team hit the century mark for the first time in two years to cap the home careers of four seniors.

After honoring Henrik Davidsen, Jon Feiler, Leonard James and Onyekachi Nzerem in a pregame ceremony at Recreation Hall on Senior Day, the Bears snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 102-88 win against Roberts Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.

Feiler's free throw with 19 seconds remaining allowed NYIT (7-18, 5-12 ECC) to reach triple figures for the first time since beating Bridgeport, 114-103, in overtime on Feb. 7, 2015.

"It was nice to get 100 one time this year," Feiler said. "It was a little meaningful."

Said coach Kevin Hamilton: "I was really happy for the seniors. The guys came out and played hard, played for each other. It's a nice way for them to end their careers here on the homecourt — with a victory."

Feiler finished with a game-high 28 points, followed by Jeffrey Hayden with 24, Nzerem with 19 and Kieran Hamilton with 11.

Davidsen will graduate in May with a degree in electrical and computer engineering. James will graduate with a degree in fine arts, specializing in advertising, public relations and technology. Nzerem will graduate with a master's degree in clinical nutrition. Feiler graduated last year with an interdisciplinary degree and is currently taking graduate-level communications coursework.

"It's two years accumulated into one night," said Feiler, who received a medical redshirt after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee four games into last season. "It's really nice. And it's even better that we got the win."

Said Nzerem: "Oh man, I was nervous. I never get nervous before a game, but for some reason I was nervous, because my brother is here, it was my last home game, and I wanted to do well for my last game."

The Bears conclude their season next Saturday against Mercy at Westchester Community College.