Robinson's Season-High, 26 Points Leads Warriors To a 78-77 Victory Over Wilmington
WILMINGTON, D.E. (Feb. 2nd 2013) – The Warriors men's basketball team battled CACC South Division opponent, Wilmington University in their only regular season meeting. Nyack's Will Robinson (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) scored a season-best 26 points to help lead the Warriors to victory, 78-77.
Nyack overcame a six point halftime deficit to and executed a successful comeback on Saturday afternoon's away game at the WU Athletics Complex.
The Warriors began with a early jump, leading 7-3 in the opening minutes but the Wildcats would not fall too far behind. At the 16:24 mark Wilmington would take their first game lead. A total of six game ties occurred as the teams battled back and forth resulting in a 15-11 run by the Wildcats for the last 5 minutes. Wilmington would put up a 3 pointer in the final 4 seconds to leave Nyack trailing by 6 points and gain their 39-45 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Warriors would go on a 12-0 run to take a three point lead with 10:14 remaining in the game as the teams continued to fight for position over the next six minutes. Tied for the 11th in the game at 66-66. WU's Dennis Herbert drained a pair of free throws to give them a new lead, however on the ensuing possession for the Warrior, Will Robinson converted a layup and was fouled, making it a three-point play to give the Warriors a 69-67 lead with 3:37 remaining. Nyack would not give up the lead the rest of the way.
Nyack kept the Wildcats in the game in the final minute, missing five free throws in the final 60 seconds. Wilmington took advantage by keeping the score within striking distance, but could never get closer than two points before they hit a three-pointer with 2.9 seconds showing on the scoreboard, however this would not be enough as it still had WU down by 1 and the final score would read 78-77.
Freshman, Robinson who has been averaging 10.8 points and 6 rebounds per game, shot 10-16 and snatched 7 rebounds in 35 minutes of action. This career and game high of 26 points tonight came from his hot hand in the second half where he shot 6-8 from the floor to total 15 points. Chris Hampton (Queens, NY) tallied double digets aswell and added 20 points toward the Warrior victory.
"I'm proud of how we stuck together tonight. It was truly a team win. We got great contributions from each guy. Senior Jared Blake stepped up tonight in a starting roll and made key plays while Will Robinson's interior efforts set the tone for the game. Chris Hampton played all but 1 minute and was a defensive rock for us securing 8 rebounds along with scoring 20 points. Last but not least, Darren Chew's 8 points provided a great lift off the bench" - said head coach Jason Crafton - "I love the fight in our team right now."
Wilmington suffered various turnovers resulting with 20 Nyack points off turnovers where as WU only attained 4 point from Nyack's much less turnovers. Nyack worked to gain the upperhand shooting 43.8% from 3-point land while the Wildcats put up 28.6% frombehind the arc.
The Warriors improve their record to 4-16 overall & 2-11 in the conference. They look forward to taking on Caldwell College next at home on Wednesday February 6th at 8pm in Bowman Gymnasium, Nyack NY.
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