Men's Hoops Hold Off Visiting Wildcats In 74-71 Thriller

Men's Hoops Hold Off Visiting Wildcats In 74-71 Thriller


Box Score

NYACK, NY – Behind a strong Nyack first half and two clutch free throws from junior Khalid Samuels with 00:23 seconds left to play in regulation, the Nyack College men's basketball team defeated Wilmington University Saturday afternoon at Bowman Gym by a score of 74-71. 

The Basics
Score: Nyack 74 | Wilmington 71
Records: Nyack (7-11, 5-6) | Wilmington (7-13, 3-8)
Location: Bowman Gym | Nyack, NY

Inside The Game
Senior Isaiah Roberts exploded for a season & game-best 22 points for the Warriors while classmate Chris Hampton who also recorded double figures on the day, chipped in with 18 buckets. Nyack sophomore Frank Martin snatched a team-high 7 rebounds and Samuels dished 5 assists to tie game-highs with Wildcat Valentino Thompson.

Top scorers for the WU Wildcats were Shai Henry with a team-high 19 points, Herbert Dennis recording 14 points, and Thompson with his double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

The game began with a Warrior possession and Hampton nailing a deep three-pointer. From there Wilmington jumped out to take control and built a nine point cushion (19-10) with 13:39 to go in the frame, but Nyack stormed back to take the first game-lead at 6:08 with a jumpshot from Hampton to make the score 28-27. The contest was tied a total of two times and took a turn of three lead changes before Nyack regained momentum for the halftime advantage. The Warriors went into the break up 40-35.

Nyack did not wait long to resume control of the game early in the second half as Wilmington quickly trailed 55-43 by the 12:10 which marked Nyack's largest lead on the day. The wildcats would cut the deficit to get within three points of the Warriors (64-61) by 4:10. Hampton responded sinking his fifth trey of the game followed by a Wildcat turnover as Roberts fast broke his way to a Warrior slam dunk. Nyack fans would rise to their feet as the score extended 69-61.

A few Nyack fouls allowed the Wildcats opportunities to cut the deficit yet again with Valentino and Tyaire Ponzo-Meek shooting 2-for-2 and bringing WU within two points (69-67). This was the closest they would get. Nyack went on to score five of the last nine points and edge out Wilmington for the 74-71 victory.

Up Next
The Warriors return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 28, when they travel to face Caldwell College in New Jersey. Tip-off is scheduled for an 8PM start.




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