NYACK, N.Y. (Nov. 16, 2016) – Despite a season-high 14 points from senior K.J. Rose (Binghamton, N.Y./Fairfield University), the Mercy College men's basketball team dropped a 66-56 decision to Nyack College in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday night at Bowman Gymnasium.
The Mavericks (1-2) drop their second straight meeting to the Warriors (2-1) who have won two games in a row.
Rose shot 7-for-12 from the field and added eight rebounds, while senior Raphael Jennings (Washington, D.C./ASA College) finished with nine points and six rebounds. Junior Marko Kozul (Astoria, N.Y./Felician University) added ten points and seven rebounds and junior Kelvin Howard (Temple Hills, Md./Baltimore City CC) contributed eight points.
Nyack was led by Robert Tyler who had a game-high 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting. Jaron Smith also scored in double figures finishing with ten points.
The Mavericks opened the scoring on a senior William Robinson (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Nyack College) jumper at the 19:08 mark of the first half. However, that would be the last lead of the game for Mercy as the Warriors responded with a 5-0 run in front of a packed house to take the lead for good. A Ryan Hickey (Smithtown, N.Y./Dowling College) three-pointer at the 15:03 mark cut the Nyack lead to one, 8-7, but the hosts would follow with a 13-1 run to take their largest lead of the game, 21-8, with 9:55 left before halftime. The Mavericks battled back and trimmed the deficit to 10, 32-22, heading into halftime.
Mercy shot just 29.2 percent (7-for-24) in the first half, while Nyack connected at a 46.7 percent (14-for-30) clip. The Warriors also held a 19-15 edge on the glass in the opening stanza.
The second half saw Tyler begin the half with a three to increase the Nyack lead to 35-22, but the Mavericks continued to fight and responded with an 8-0 run to get within five, 35-30, with 16:31 remaining. After a Warriors timeout, the hosts used an energetic crowd in their home opener and increased the lead back to ten, 43-33, at the 13:18 mark. Mercy put the deficit at six, 44-38, after a Rose jumper, but a 9-2 run by Nyack gave the hosts another 13-point lead, 53-40, with 8:44 left to play.
The Mavericks would get to within six, 62-56, after another Rose jumper with 1:24 left, but the Warriors ended the contest with four straight points to secure the victory.
Mercy shot 35.2 percent (19-for-54) from the floor, while Nyack shot 49.1 percent (26-for-53). The Mavericks held a 37-31 edge on the glass and a 22-14 advantage in second chance points.
Head Coach Dr. Jody King and the Mavericks look to bounce back when they face Concordia on Friday, November 18th at Dominican College at 6 p.m.