Men's basketball heads into break with loss to Saint Michael's

Jeffrey Hayden again led NYIT in scoring on Wednesday.
Jeffrey Hayden again led NYIT in scoring on Wednesday.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The NYIT men's basketball team headed into the holidays on a down note as Saint Michael's defeated the Bears, 84-71, on Monday night at Recreation Hall.

The Bears lost their 10th straight game and dropped to 2-11 on the season.

NYIT led at halftime for only the third time this season and was tied with the Purple Knights at 48 after center Szu Yao Sun had a tip-in of fellow freshman Luis Cartagena's missed layup with 13 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the game. However, Saint Michael's answered with an 8-0 run and soon thereafter had built an 11-point lead.

Jeffrey Hayden, named to the East Coast Conference's weekly honor roll earlier in the day, had a team-high 17 points in the defeat. Tyler Ancrum followed with 15.

NYIT dropped to 0-7 lifetime against the Purple Knights. The only program against which the Bears are winless in more meetings is Assumption (0-10).

NYIT's skid is its longest since a 13-game losing streak during the 2015-16 season.

The Bears now have a lengthy layoff. They return to action and reenter ECC play on Jan. 3 at Queens.