The Nyack College men's basketball team faced off in a home non-conference game against Mansfield University. The Warriors had a slow start but managed to come back fighting for every point and securing the win within the last few minutes of the game.
In the first half the Warriors started off slow. Mansfield was up by eight points before the Warriors put themselves on the scoreboard. The Warriors continued to trail behind Mansfield for majority of the half. It wasn't until there was six minutes left in the half that the Warriors began to pick up their pace and close the point gap. On a jump shot by D'ondre Dent, the Warriors tied up the score at 27-27. The Warriors fell back again allowing Mansfield to get a ten point lead bringing the score to 37-27 with four minutes left. The Warriors were unable to produce anything promising for the rest of the time ending with a totaled score of 47-40, down by seven points at the half time mark.
In the second half of the game, the Warriors began with a disadvantage, but they did not let that stop them from fighting for the win. With ten minutes left in the game the Warriors began to pick up their speed, finally bridging the gap of points. A three point jump shot by Jayden Dawson put the Warriors only two points behind Mansfield in which they fought back with a layup that gave them a cushion of a lead. With six minutes and 44 seconds left in the game Mansfield had a technical foul on Nyack giving them the opportunity to score on a free throw where Thomas Nolan was able to tie up the score at 71-71. From there both teams battled for every point with many traded possessions and tied scores. In the last two minutes of the game Joel Bailey made a layup and Junior Graham had a dunk in which put the Warriors in the lead that gave them momentum for the rest of the game. Mansfield was unable to come back and the Warriors secured the win with a final score of 91-87.
Key Performances: The Warriors were 45.7% from the field overall, 21.7% from behind the arc, and 81.5% in free throws. Joel Bailey led the team with a total of 27 points, five rebounds, and six assists.