Amherst, NY -- The Nyack College men's basketball team opened its 2019-20 season with a trip to the north of New York. The Warriors came up short in their first contest of the season against the Robertys Wesleyan University Redhawks due to a last second buzzer beater, 75-78.
The first half was a highly contested affair, with multiple tied scores and lead changes between both team. The Warriors would keep the upper hand at the end of the first period with a score of of 37-36. Nyack went 53.8% from behind arc, and nearly 50% from the field overall, giving them a slide egde over the Redhawks in the first half.
The second half continued in the same fashion as the first. Both teams did not back down, trying to start their seasons off the right way. With a minute left in the second half Roberts Wesleyan was up by four. A successful trip to the foul line by Thomas Nolan got the Warriors within two, and Perris Hicks tied the game 30 seconds later with a made lay up at 75. The Redhawks had one final chance to take the win with 27 seconds left in the game. With a second left to play the Redhawks pulled up for the game winning shot from behind the arc to seal the game.
Nyack was led by Kennith Ford with 20 points. His 20-point effort was the highest on a personal note for Ford in the Warriord jersey. Ford also made an impact on the board for Nyack with a team-high eigth rebounds. Defensively, Perris Hicks had a field day grabbing a game-high five steals.
Nyack will be back in action when they square up with the hosts of the ECC-CACC Challenge, Daemen College.