Men's basketball bids farewell to Domonic Josephs, Jeffrey Hayden wins ECC scoring title in finale loss

Sister Maricia escorts Domonic Josephs during a pregame Senior Day ceremony on Sunday.
Sister Maricia escorts Domonic Josephs during a pregame Senior Day ceremony on Sunday.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — The 2017-18 NYIT men's basketball season is in the books.

Daemen defeated the Bears, 92-68, in Sunday's finale at Recreation Hall.

The game marked the end of forward Domonic Josephs' collegiate career.

Josephs, who hopes to pursue a professional basketball career, had 10 points and eight rebounds in the finale. NYIT's lone senior, Josephs appeared in all 30 games for the Bears this season. He received resounding applause when he was removed by coach Kevin Hamilton with 38.2 seconds remaining.

"It's sad. I was in the locker room shedding a couple of tears because this is my last game," Josephs said. "It was just fun playing with them. I love them like family."

Despite Sunday's loss, NYIT ended the season on a relative high note. The Bears won two of their final three games to finish the season 5-25 overall and 3-15 in the East Coast Conference.

"Although I thought we'd play better today, because we had such great momentum coming after our last two victories, it was a solid finish to the season," Hamilton said. "You could tell the guys were tired with this long season. But I'm proud that they showed throughout the season that they were fighters.

"I know we have some changes that we need to make. But I think we have a great foundation with Jeffrey Hayden and Kieran Hamilton and some of the freshmen who did a real good job — Mouse (Szu Yao Sun) and Laurynas Stonkus and Opong Bramble. And I'm looking forward to it. We told the kids the 2018-19 season starts tomorrow. We're looking forward to putting in the work."

Jeffrey Hayden capped his monster junior season with 29 points and nine rebounds in the finale. He averaged 23.2 points per game this season — the fourth-highest total in a single season in program history and the leading output in the ECC this season.

"I'm excited," Hayden said. "I did what I thought I could do this year. I want to come back and get better for next year and lead these guys to the championships."