NY Men's Basketball Falls to Wilkes
NY MEN FALL TO WILKES AT MONARCH CLASSIC
WILKES-BARRE, PA – The NY men’s basketball team rallied late in their game versus Wilkes University but fell short 67-63 in the opening day of the Monarch Classic at King’s College on a snowy day in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
The Knights got off to a fast start with senior guard Jovan Bovell (Jamaica, NY/Jamaica) hitting a jumper and nailing a three-pointer for a 11-4 lead, but the Colonels (4-3) recovered and grabbed a 27-23 lead at the break. Berkeley sprinted out the gate to start the second half with senior guard Rich Rampersad (Bronx, NY/Lehman) leading the charge with ten points. Fellow senior guard Alex Loniakan (New York, NY/Frolunda) drained a long trey to propel the Knights back into the lead 42-41 with 12:37 to play, which would be their last lead of the game. Wilkes connected on three consecutive threes on an ensuing 9-1 run to pull out to a seven point lead 50-43 with 9:49 remaining. The Knights would get no closer than two points the rest of the way in dropping their second game in a row and fell to 5-3 for the season.
Sophomore guard Keenan Langston (Brooklyn, NY/Brooklyn Academy) led Berkeley with 21 points. Rampersad was the only other Knight to finish in double digits with 16 points. Senior center Elijah Craig (Brooklyn, NY/Seward Park) tallied ten rebounds and added seven points. Ahmed Dickerson (Brooklyn, NY/Boys and Girls), making his first start of the season, turned in a strong effort with eight rebounds and four points.
Four Wilkes players scored in double figures with senior guard Pat Furst leading the Colonels with 13 points.