Nyack, NY - The Nyack College men's basketball team suffered a tough home loss to the Philadelphia University Rams, 78-80. The game was played at Bowman Gym on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors dsitributed the scoring evenly and were led by Ga'Briel Chandler with 18 points. He was followed by Jaron Smith with 16. Imran Ritchie and Robert Tyler added 13 points each, while Shawn Witherspoon also reached double figures with 10 points. Chandler also led the Warriors on the glass, pulling down 8 rebounds.
Both teams battled back and forth in the openings minutes, which saw several lead changes. Philadelphia was able to pull ahead with a 7-0 run between the 12:04 and the 10:46 minute mark to gain a six point lead. But a Shawn Witherspoon three pointer would cut the Rams' lead back down to three. The Rams would use another 9-3 run to extend their lead to nine with 6:43 to go in the half. A Robert Tyler three point bucket would spark a 8-0 run for the Warriors to cut the deficit back down to one point with 5:03 to go. But the Rams would answer again with a 14-4 run to extend their lead to 11 with 2:08 to go, 44-33. However, Nyack would fight back with eight unanswered points to cut the visitor's lead down to three at halftime, 44-41.
Both teams came out fighting with the beginning of the second half. The score would remain close throughout the first 10 minutes with the Rams holding on to their lead. A Robert Tyler three pointer would tie the score for the first time during the second half with 12:07 to go, 57-57. Philadelphia answered with two points, before jumpshots by Junior Graham and Grant Goode would give the Warriors the 61-59 lead. Philadelphia used a 14-1 run to pull ahead earning a 11-point lead with 6:54 to go. They would extend their lead to 13 with 5:66 to go. But Nyack would respond with 12 unanswered points to cut the Rams' lead to one with 47 seconds to go. After Philadelphia missed its jumpshot, Imran Ritchie attempted to give the Warriors the go ahead bucket but was denied. Philadelphia missed one of their following free throws, which gave the Warriors one last attempt to win the game, but the last Warrior three point attempt missed the bucket.
The game finished with a final score of 78-80 in favor of the Rams.
The Warriors will be back in action this upcoming Wednesday, when they host the Bloomfield College Bears in a CACC contest. Tip-off is slated for 7:30pm.