Warriors win Home Opener against Mercy, 66-56

Warriors win Home Opener against Mercy, 66-56

Nyack, NY - The Nyack College men's basketball team returned from the Assumption Classic to host the Mercy College Mavericks in a non-conference match on Wednesday night at Bowman Gymnasium. The Warriors came out on top defeating Mercy 66-56 and are now 4-1 against Mercy since Coach Crafton took over in 2012. 

The Warriors were led by senior Robert Tyler, who scored a game-high 24 points, five rebounds, and 3 assists. Jaron Smith would also hit double digits with ten points.

Mercy opened the scoring on a 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. After Mercy cut the Warrior lead to one at the 15:03 mark, a Naanma Yamsat layup would start a 13-1 run to take a 21-8 lead halfway through the first period. The Mavericks trimmed the deficit to 10, 32-22, heading into halftime.

Nyack shot 46.7 percent (14-30) in the first half, while Mercy shot just 29.2 percent (7-for-24). Nyack also held a 19-15 edge on the glass in the opening stanza.

The second half started with a made three-point basket by senior Robert Tyler to increase the Nyack lead to 35-22, but the Mavericks answered with an 8-0 run to get within five, 35-30, with 16:31 remaining. After a Warriors timeout, Nyack used an energetic crowd in their home opener and increased the lead back to ten, 43-33, at the 13:18 mark. Mercy came within six, but Nyack would answer with a 9-2 run to earn a 13-point lead, 53-40, with 8:44 left to play.

Mercy would get to within six, 62-56, with 1:24 left, but the Warriors ended the contest with four straight points by junior Imran Ritchie and senior Robert Tyler to seal the victory.

The Warriors will move on to host Roberts Wesleyan this upcoming Saturday in a non-conference match at Bowman Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 3 pm. Prior to tip-off the Warriors will honor the late Zahir Edwards by retiring his #20 jersey.