DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Feb. 25, 2017) – Despite 20-point games from graduate student Ryan Hickey (Smithtown, N.Y./Dowling College) and seniors William Robinson (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Nyack College) and Raphael Jennings (Washington, D.C./ASA College), the Mercy College men's basketball team suffered an 89-71 setback to NYIT on Senior Day in their season finale on Saturday afternoon at Westchester Community College.
Before the contest, Hickey, Robinson and Jennings were recognized for their achievements during their time at Mercy College.
The Mavericks (2-25, 0-18 ECC) drop both meetings to the Bears (8-18, 6-12 ECC), who end their season on a two-game winning streak.
Robinson produced his eighth double-double of the year with a game-high 22 points along with 11 rebounds. Jennings produced 21 points and five assists, while Hickey recorded 20 points in his final game.
NYIT was led by Kieran Hamilton who had 18 points, while Jon Feiler produced 17 points, 20 rebounds and six assists.
The visitors jumped out to an 18-8 lead with 15:26 remaining in the first half and looked to be distancing themselves from the Mavericks. However, Mercy responded with a 20-10 run to tie the game up at 28-28 with 8:37 left in the half, after a Jennings trifecta.
The Bears followed with three straight points to take a 31-28 lead, but a Daniel Kissoon (Jamaica, N.Y./Springfield Gardens) jumper at the 5:27 mark capped a 6-2 run and gave the Mavericks a 34-33 lead. NYIT retook the lead at 37-34 before Mercy bounced back knotted up the score at 38-38 with 3:36 left in the half.
The Mavericks held their largest lead of the game 45-43 with 39 seconds left after a pair of Kissoon free throws before Henrik Davidsen made a layup later on to send the teams into halftime tied at 45-45.
Mercy looked to start strong in the second half, but it was the Bears who began the half on a 13-4 run to take a 58-49 advantage with 15:03 remaining. NYIT later increased the lead to 11 points, 64-53, with 10:52 showing on the clock. The Bears maintained a 71-60 lead with 7:30 remaining and looked to have the game in hand, but the Mavericks continued to fight and followed with a 6-0 run to get within five, 71-66.
After an NYIT timeout, the visitors would end the game on an 18-5 run to distance themselves from Mercy and earn the victory.
Mercy shot 39.1 percent (25-of-64) from the floor, 21.7 percent (5-of-23) from downtown and 76.2 percent (16-of-21) from the foul line. NYIT shot 50.0 percent (34-of-68) from the field, 34.6 percent (9-of-26) from beyond the arc and 60.0 percent (12-of-20) from the charity stripe. The Bears held a 51-31 edge on the boards, while Mercy used 11 NYIT turnovers to hold a 19-3 advantage in points off turnovers.