Nyack, NY - The Nyack College men's basketball team returned from the Assumption Classic to host the Mercy College Mavericks in a non-conference match on Wednesday night at Bowman Gymnasium. The Warriors came out on top defeating Mercy 66-56 and are now 4-1 against Mercy since Coach Crafton took over in 2012.
Mercy opened the scoring on a jumper at the 19:08 mark of the first half. However, that would be the last lead of the game for Mercy as the Warriors responded with a 5-0 run in front of a packed house to take the lead for good. After Mercy cut the Warrior lead to one at the 15:03 mark, a Naanma Yamsat layup would start a 13-1 run to take a 21-8 lead halfway through the first period. The Mavericks trimmed the deficit to 10, 32-22, heading into halftime.
Nyack shot 46.7 percent (14-30) in the first half, while Mercy shot just 29.2 percent (7-for-24). Nyack also held a 19-15 edge on the glass in the opening stanza.
The second half started with a made three-point basket by senior Robert Tyler to increase the Nyack lead to 35-22, but the Mavericks answered with an 8-0 run to get within five, 35-30, with 16:31 remaining. After a Warriors timeout, Nyack used an energetic crowd in their home opener and increased the lead back to ten, 43-33, at the 13:18 mark. Mercy came within six, but Nyack would answer with a 9-2 run to earn a 13-point lead, 53-40, with 8:44 left to play.
The Warriors will move on to host Roberts Wesleyan this upcoming Saturday in a non-conference match at Bowman Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 3 pm. Prior to tip-off the Warriors will honor the late Zahir Edwards by retiring his #20 jersey.