Nyack, NY - Nyack hosted Assumption College for a NCAA match up in Bowman Gymnasium. The Greyhounds improved their record to 2-9 with a 65-63 win over the Warriors. With the loss Nyack falls to 1-8 overall.
Senior Rashard Lewis led Nyack with a game-high 21 points on the day, while the Greyhounds spread out their scoring over five players with double digits.
Nyack enjoyed the better start into the game jumping to an early 10-0 lead with 15:05 to go in the first half. The Warriors held the Greyhounds at bay for majority of the first half. After a couple back anf fourth plays a Rashard Lewis 3-pointer restored Nyack's 10-point lead with 4:53 left to in the first period. But Assumption finished the first half with a strong effort and cut the Nyack lead down to two with the help of a 12-4 run in the last five minutes of the half. The first period finished with a score of 33-31 in favor of the Warriors.
Assumption scored the first four points of the second period and enjoyed their first lead of the game, 33-35, at the 18:14 minute mark. Both teams continued to battle back and fourth and the audience saw multiple lead changes throughout the next four minutes. Assumption was able to move away with back-to-back 3-pointers to earn a five point lead, 39-44. But another 3-pointer by Lewis and a layup by Malik Pouncy would see the score tied at 44-44 with 11:55 to go. Both teams kept the game close during the remainder of the game. With 1:45 left the score was 58-60, before the Greyhounds jumped to a 7-point lead with five unanswered points. A Rashard Lewis jump shot and an and-1 by Lewis brought Nyack back within two, 63-65 with nine seconds left. The Greyhounds would turn the ball over with four seconds on the clock which allowed Nyack's Imran Ritchie to get one last shot. But his attempt hit the front of the rim, which finished the game with a final score of 63-65.
Nyack shot 44.8% (26-of-58) from the field in the game, while Assumption shot 43.8% (21-of-48).
Junior Carl Balthazar continued his dominant defensive performance throughout the year with another four blocks and six rebounds. He continues to be nationally ranked in with 2.77 blocks per game.
The Warriors will head back on the road in the CACC on Tuesday when they square off with the Post University Eagles. Tip-off is slated for 7:30pm.