WATERBURY, CT (November 20, 2013)
The Nyack College men's basketball team concluded their fourth game on the year against Post University, ranked No. 2 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) 2013-2014 Men's Basketball Preseason Poll.
The Eagles would tie the game late in regulation, forcing two overtime periods, as Nyack's endurance nonetheless propelled them to a 106-101 victory over Post University on the road.
Post fell behind early in the game as the Warrior team jumped out to an early 10-3 advantage. After being down by as many as 12 points, the Eagles would eventually get within one point at the 3:23 mark, but Nyack would close out the 1st period on a 8-1 run to take a 46-38 lead into the locker room.
During the 2nd period, Post continued to battle back as the team looked to cut into their deficit. Nine unanswered baskets brought Post within two by 13:36. The match would get tied twice before an unfortunate Nyack turnover set up Post to gain their first lead of the game (70-73) with four minutes remaining.
At 3:18 Warrior Chris Hampton (Queens, NY) drained a three-pointer taking back the lead 75-74. Free throws kept Nyack in the running with under a minute to go as Isaiah Roberts (Pennsauken, NJ) netted the last two Warrior baskets leaving them ahead 81-78.
After an Eagle three-pointer by Zach Krischer to tie the game 81-81, Nyack had the final shot in the period, but a missed three-point attempt would send the game to overtime.
Nyack led for the majority of the overtime period until Post tied the match 89-89 with 1:11 to go. A layup and free throw by Will Robinson (Mt. Vernon, NY) gave Nyack a 92-89 upper hand only to have Post sink another three-pointer via Devin Wilis to tie the score yet again and send teams to a second overtime.
With Hampton's eight points in 2OT, Nyack extended the lead to eventually walk away with the final 106-101 victory.
The win marked Nyack's first time winning a game at Post since 2009.
"That's a great win for our program. Post is very talented and the Drubner Center is a tough place to play. I thought we showed great fight for the entire game and that's what we need to continue to do as we strive to build this program," stated head coach Jason Crafton after the game.
Hampton scored a season-high 30 points for Nyack along with 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals.
Four other Warriors notched double figures on the night including Robinson and Nick Moore (Sicklerville, NJ) who recorded season best on the night with 20 and 19 points respectively. In addition Moore grabbed 15 rebounds to tally his first double-double on the year.
Khalid Samuels (Mt. Vernon, NY) scored an impressive 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists while Warrior teammate Roberts chipped in with 12 points on the night. Collectively the Warriors shot 47.7% (31-of-65 ) from the field.
Nyack (2-2, 1-1 CACC) will get back to their conference schedule this week to take on Dominican College on Saturday. Warriors take to the court of Bowman Gym at 3pm at home in Nyack, NY.
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