Turnovers Ruin Comeback; Men's Hoops Falls to Maritime
Six turnovers in final two minutes spells 64-53 loss
Brooklyn, NY - Down by 10 points and under 10 minutes to go, it appeared the NYU-Poly men's basketball team couldn't quite match the shooting of Maritime College. But a sudden offensive surge saw the Jays tie and eventually pull ahead 52-48 with just under five to play. But, six turnovers down the stretch ruined any hope of a Skyline Conference upset, as Maritime held on for the 64-53 win.
NYU-Poly senior Seon Jack (Brooklyn, NY) scored eight of his team-high 18 points in a three minute period to knot the game at 48-48 with just over four to play. Seconds later, junior Anthony Mottola (Brooklyn, NY) hit a three to give NYU-Poly the lead for the first time since the opening moments of the game. The Jays, however, would score just one more point in the final three plus minutes, while the Privateers scored 16, including a game-changing three-pointer from Justin Bright.
Alexandar Westphal (Port Washington, WI) recorded a double-double, pulling down a game-high 16 rebounds and 11 points. Mottola added 11 points for the Jays, who fall to 4-15 overall and 2-12 in the conference. Maritime holds on to second place in the conference as they improve to 14-4 overall and 11-3 in the conference.
The Privateers were led Giovanni Hurley's game-high 22 points and 13 boards. Bright was right behind him with 20 points, including a 3-for-6 performance from behind the arc. He also added five assists.
Both teams shot nearly identical from the field, as NYU-Poly shot 35% while Maritime shot 36%. The Jays were 10-for-11 from the free throw line, while the Privateers were 14-for-20. But the tale of the tape was the turnovers as Maritime took care of the ball, holding a 17-24 edge.
NYU-Poly is back in action on Sunday vs. Bard College at 2:00pm. The Raptors defeated NYU-Poly in the first cycle, as they picked up their first-ever Skyline Conference win against the Jays. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday.