Men's Basketball edged out by Concordia, 74-72

Men's Basketball edged out by Concordia, 74-72

Bronxville, N.Y. -- The Nyack College men's basketball team dropped their conference match against the Concordia College Clippers 74-72 on Wednesday night at the Meyer Athletic Center.

Nyack (3-3) had a handful of players in double figures, led by Robert Tyler's 16 points and six rebounds. He was closeley followed by Jaron Smith with 14 points, while adding three steals, three rebounds, and one assist. Ga'briel Chandler would also reach double digits with 13 points, while leading the Warriors with nine rebounds. Imran Ritchie (11 points) and Shawn Witherspoon (10 points) reached double-figures as well. 

Early in the first half the Warriors would take a 4-1 lead by points of Shawn Witherspoon and Imran Ritchie, but the Clippers would keep the score close with strong three-point shooting. Neither side was able to gain more than a three-point lead on the scoreboard until Concordia used a 10-4 run to hold a 24-16 advantage at the 8:06 mark. The Clippers would hold on to that lead and the first half finished with a score of 31-44 in favor of Concordia.

The Warriors came out hot in the second half and started with a 17-5 run, which would cut the Clippers' lead down to one point, 49-48, with 13:47 remaining. But Nyack was unable to grab the advantage as the Clippers regained a six point lead. Robert Tyler would finish a 7-0 run with a 3-point shot to give the Warriors the one-point lead with 6:18 to go.

The Warriors would extend their lead to as much as four points by the 4:50 mark, but Concordia used a 7-0 run of their own to regain the advantage with 2:31 remaining on the clock, 70-67. Nyack was held off by Concordia's free throw shooting, which earned them a 74-70 lead with 10 seconds to go, but a layup by Imran Ritchie and a drawn foul for Nyack with four seconds to play gave the Warriors one last shot. The Warriors were unable to send the game into overtime as Concordia held on to edge Nyack, 74-72.

The Warriors return to action on Dec. 3, hosting the Eagles of Post University in a 3 pm contest.