OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The NYIT men's basketball team received a much-needed confidence boost Saturday.
The Bears snapped a 12-game skid with a 89-69 win against District of Columbia at Recreation Hall.
NYIT produced its largest margin of victory since defeating Daemen by 21 points (78-67) on Feb. 28, 2015.
Jeffrey Hayden had a game-high 28 points and Kieran Hamilton contributed 20 in NYIT's first victory since Jan. 6. Tyler Ancrum notched his second career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 assists.
NYIT matched a season high with 25 assists as a team.
"We've been in a little slump lately. I'm not really going to sugarcoat it," Ancrum said. "But today's win was really special because we all played as a team. We all moved the ball very well. As a team sticking together, there's nothing better than that."
The Bears had trailed 21-7 after UDC's Kyle Williams drained a pair of free throws with 10 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the first half. But NYIT stormed back, pulling even at 34 on a three-pointer from Hamilton and ultimately taking a 39-38 lead into halftime.
The Bears led the entire second half en route to splitting the season series with UDC.
NYIT (4-24, 2-14 ECC) concludes its season next weekend with home games against Roberts Wesleyan and Daemen. Before the Feb. 25 finale, lone senior Domonic Josephs will be honored during a Senior Day ceremony. Josephs had 15 points and eight rebounds in Saturday's win.
"I'm very happy to see the guys continue to compete," coach Kevin Hamilton said. "They really showed there is no quit in them."