Mercy College men’s basketball dropped their East Coast Conference matchup tonight against Dowling College in Dobbs Ferry, 92-83. The Mavericks, now 0-12 including 0-7 in the ECC, continue to look for their first win, while the Golden Lions improve to 3-9, including 3-4 in the ECC.
Poor shooting by Mercy to begin the game gave Dowling the 11-2 lead to start. The Mavericks pushed back as play continued. Five straight points by senior Manny Garcia (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) brought the score to 19-17 and the Mavericks within two. Dowling, who out-scored Mercy 28-12 in the paint in the first half, were able to extend their lead to as many as 11 points. The Golden Lions led 42-35 going into the second half.
The second half saw more of the same play. Mercy scored six straight points and with around six minutes to go, a layup by sophomore Jerrell Lawrence (Baldwin, N.Y./St. Mary’s) brought the score to 71-63, and the Mavericks within eight. That would be as close as Mercy would get. Dowling went on to win the game, 92-83.
Garcia had a double-double for the Mavericks and led his team in both points (20) and rebounds (11). Senior Hasan Powell (Bridgeport, Conn./Central) had 14 points. Sophomore Colin Senior (Hackensack, N.J./Hackensack) and senior Ed Wilson (Paterson, N.J./Paterson Catholic) each added 12 points. Senior also grabbed nine rebounds. Dowling’s Michael Hall led all players with 30 points, and Corwin Austin and Josh Malone had 18 points and 17 points, respectively, for the Golden Lions.
The Mavericks head to C.W. Post for an ECC matchup this Thurs., Jan. 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., following the women’s game at 5:00 p.m.