The New York men's basketball team lost the first game of the New England College Tip-Off Tournament at Henniker, New Hampshire, falling to Lesley University by a score of 70 to 67. Lesley overcame a 39-31 hafltime deficit and outscored the Knights by 11 in the second half, much like Lehman College did earlier in the week when the Lightning overcame a 17-point deficit to the Knights. Sophomore forward Jose Stable (EBC for Public Service/Brooklyn, NY) and junior guard Kaseem Williams (Boys and Girls/Brooklyn, NY) led all players with 19 points each for the Knights, which lost in spite of controlling the boards 37-29.
In the consolation game, the Knights would build an early 12 point lead and never look back beating the New England College Pilgrims 96-72. With the win Berkeley improves to 3-2 overall, while NEC is still in search of their first win of the season falling to 0-3 overall. Leading the way for Berkeley once again was Stable, who led all scorers with 27 points to go along with nine rebounds and five assists. Williams chipped in 20 points and seven rebounds and sophomore center Elijah Craig (Seward Park/Brooklyn, NY) added 17 points, seven rebounds, and six blocks for the Knights.
The Knights improve to 3-2 on the season. They head to the Hamilton College Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27.