The New York men’s basketball team dropped their second straight game in the Salem State Holiday Classic Tournament, falling to the Bates College Bobcats by a score of 97-73 Monday afternoon at the Twohig Gymnasium in Salem, MA. With the defeat, the Knights’ overall record on the 2013-2014 campaign dipped to 5-7 overall, while Bates improved their mark to 7-3.
Despite the loss for the Knights, Berkeley College had three players score in double figures, including Jovan Bovell who netted 14 points on the afternoon to go along with four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Keegan Langston added 14 points while snatching three rebounds and tallying two steals and Mario Guzman connected on five of his seven shots from the floor in finishing the day with 14 points.
In the victory for the Bobcats it was Mike Boornazian connecting on four shots from beyond-the-arc and finalizing his afternoon with a game-high 23 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Graham Safford added 17 points and six boards, and Marcus Delpeche scored 10 points and collected eight rebounds off of the bench.
Bates dominated Berkeley on the glass, out-rebounding the Knights by a margin of 54-33 while scoring 28 second-chance points compared to just 13 for Berkeley. The Bobcats shot 43.1 percent from the floor (31-72), while the Knights hit on 39 percent of their attempts (23-59).
The Bobcats scored the first seven points of the game and led by as many as 25 in the first half of action before taking a 56-36 lead into the locker room at halftime. In the second session, Bates College took their largest lead of the afternoon at when Adam Philpott converted on a pair of free throws, extending the Bobcats’ comfortable lead to 29 at 81-52 with 9:17 to play.
Over the ensuing 3:50, Berkeley would put together a 14-1 run to pull to within 16 points – 82-66 – with still 5:33 remaining in the contest. The Bobcats only allowed one more Knights field goal the rest of the way though, closing out the game on a 15-7 run to account for the 24 points victory.
The Knights will now enjoy four days off before returning to action on Saturday, January 4th, when Berkeley takes to the road to battle Penn State DuBois. Start-time for that contest is scheduled for 2:00pm.