Men's Basketball Falls to Queens in 3OT Thriller

Men's Basketball Falls to Queens in 3OT Thriller

Nyack, NY - The Nyack College men's basketball team had a quick turnaround after Saturday's win over the UDC Firebirds and hosted the Queens College Knights on Sunday afternoon in another NCAA non-conference match. 

Both teams put up a fight over the entire 65 minutes of play. The first half was highly contested and saw tons of action on both sides of the court. With the score tied at 27 with 4:31 left in the first half the Knights were able to put some space between themselves and the Warriors with a 7-0 run to go up 34-27. Nyack came back right before the buzzer with back to back layups by Michael Harrison to come within three. A made free throw by the Knights with the end of the first half put Queens up by four over Nyack. 

Queens pulled away with the start of the second half and increased their lead to as much as 11 points. But Nyack was not ready to give up and slowly fought its way back into the game and tied the score for the first time in the second half at 59-59 with 4:21 left to play. Both teams struggled to produce any points in the final minutes but Queens managed to get the go ahead buckets with a made free throw and a lay up to go up by three. With 15 seconds left in the game Thomas Nolan pulled up from behind the arc with multiple Knights pressuring him all over the court to find the game-tying bucket. Queens had one more chance to get the game-winner but was unsuccesful and the game went into overtime. 

Nyack got up to a quick 5-0 start in the first period of overtime but was unable to score anymore in the remainder of the period. The Knights managed to come back and forced a second overtime period.

The Knights had the better start this time, but the Warriors held on. With seven seconds left Queens converted two trips to the foul stripe for a 3-point lead. But sophomore Joel Bailey charged down the court to find the game-tying basket with two seconds left to force another overtime period. 

In the third overtime period Nyack struggled to convert any of their offensive drives, which allowed the Knights to slowly pull away with the game. Despite last minute effort by the Warriors the game finished with a final score of 96-92 after three over time periods. 

Nyack was led by graduate student Perris Hicks with 24 points and six assists. 

Nyack will be back on Saturday when they host local rival Dominican Chargers for their 2019 conference opener.