The Berkeley College New York men's basketball team lost a crucial Hudson Valley Men's Athletic Conference game this evening to archrival St. Joseph's College of Brooklyn 70-69.

Tied at 13 with just under 10 minutes left to play in the first half, the Knights went on a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to take what appeared to be a commanding 26-13 lead. The Bears, however, would respond with an 11-0 run of their own to close within two with just over a minute remaining in the first half. The half would end tied at 28.

In the second half the Knights and Bears would trade baskets back and forth until the Knights would once again take a double digit lead at 56-46 with 10 minutes remaining in the game before the Bears would again respond with a 5-0 run to cut the lead in half. The Knights, however, seemed in control with an eight point lead with just over two and a half minutes left in the game, but the Bears would finish the game with a 13-4 run to squeeze out the one point victory.

The Knights were led by freshman center Joshua Witsell (Jericho/Jericho, NY) who led the team in scoring with 17 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Jonathan Dorismond (Bread & Roses/New York, NY) and freshman Kaseem Williams (Boys & Girls/Brooklyn, NY) would add 15 points and 14 points, respectively.

The Bears were led by senior guard Justin Gist (Newsome/Newsome, FL) who would lead all scorers with 25 points.

The loss drops the Knights to 4-8 on the season and 1-3 in the conference.