The Berkeley College of New York men's basketball team dropped a Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest on Friday afternoon, falling to the Bears of St. Joseph's College of Brooklyn by a score of 75-57 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. With the loss, the Knights dropped to a mark of 5-5 overall, including a 1-1 record in HVIAC play, while the Bears improved their record to 6-5 on the 2013-2014 campaign, while staying unblemished in the conference with a mark of 2-0.
Berkeley College's Jovan Bovell led the way for the Knights, as he scored a team-high 19 points while connecting on six of his 10 attempts from the floor and nailing all five of his free throws. The senior guard also collected four rebounds, tallied two steals and dished a pair of assists. At halftime, Berkeley Head Coach Christ Christiansen presented the Jamaica, NY product with a commemorative 1,000 point ball, honoring the standout for reaching the century mark in points for his career.
In addition to Bovell's contributions, center Elijah Craig contributed six points to go along with eight rebounds while swatting three shots.
St. Joseph's College of Brooklyn was paced David Louison who put forth a phenomenal effort, as scored a game-high 29 points on 14-of-22 shooting and grabbing five rebounds. Michael Megafu recorded a double-double for the Bears, netting 18 points, snatching 10 rebounds and dishing five assists. Vernon Maddux had a fine all-around game with nine points to go along with six assists and three steals.
The Knights had defeated the Bears six straight times coming into today's contest, but St. Joseph's College made sure that streak didn't reach seven as they never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 16 points points in the first half. As the teams went into the locker room at halftime, St. Joe's held a 38-24 lead.
Berkeley began the second half on a 12-7 run to cut what was once an 16 point deficit to nine, but the Bears remained in control, eventually building their advantage to 22 points before comfortably putting the Knights away.
The Knights will return to action on Sunday afternoon, as Berkeley will battle Endicott College on the first day of the Salem State Holiday Classic in Salem, MA. Game-time for that contest is 2:00pm, and fans interested in following live video of the game can follow the link below.