The Nyack College men's basketball team competed in an away conference game today against Caldwell University. In a game where both teams were well matched, they went head-to-head for the win. The Warriors lost the game by only one point with a final score of 79-80.
In the first half of the game, the Warriors dominated with 60% from the field and 50% from the three point line as compared to Caldwell's 45% from the field and 25% from the three point line. The Warriors put themselves in the lead early on in the game and held that lead until there were 7 minutes left in the half and Caldwell tied up the score at 22-22. From there, both teams battled for the lead as the clock continued to run down. With a 3-point jump shot made by Thomas Nolan in the last second of the half, the Warriors found themselves in the lead by ten points with a total score of 45-35.
In the second half of the game, the Warriors had the advantage but Caldwell was not going down without a fight. Five minutes into the half, the opposing team tied up the score at 49-49. Halfway through this half, the Warriors found the point gap increasing slowly as they were down by six points. But with four minutes left in the game, Nyack tied up the score at 72-72. As the clock ran down, there were several traded leads and possessions. Down by four in the last couple of seconds, Jordan Rodriguez made a 3 point jump shot but it was not enough to secure the win for the Warriors. Caldwell managed to increase their numbers this half and managed to score a total of 45 points as compared to Nyack's 34.
Overall, the Warriors were 54.1% from the field, 42.1% from behind the arc, and 55.6% in free throws. Offensively, Jayden Dawson led the team with 18 total points. Defensively Junior Graham led the team with eight total rebounds and one block.
Up Next: The Nyack College men's basketball team will face off in a home conference game against University of Sciences on Saturday, February 1st at 3:00PM.