NY Men Drop Second in a Row at Monarch Classic
WILKES-BARRE, PA – The NY men’s basketball team lost to host King’s College 95-71 in the second game of the Monarch Classic in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The loss was the third in a row for the Knights and dropped their overall record to a game over .500 at 5-4.
A jump shot from the corner by senior guard Rich Rampersad (Bronx, NY/Lehman) gave Berkeley their only lead of the game at 6-4 as the Monarchs took control and promptly went on a 21-8 run in the next 7:49 for a 25-14 advantage. Berkeley would stay behind by double digits and trailed by 19 at halftime 51-32, their largest deficit of the season. A 7-0 run by the home team to start the second half put the Knights behind by 26 which proved to be too much of a hill for Berkeley to climb as they would get no closer than 18 points the rest of the way.
Sophomore guard/forward Keenan Langston (Brooklyn, NY/Brooklyn Academy) led the Blue and White with 16 points while grabbing seven caroms and was named to the All-Tournament team for his weekend efforts. Fellow senior guard Jovan Bovell (Jamaica, NY/Jamaica) added 15 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe, and pulled down six rebounds. Freshman center Ahmed Dickerson (Brooklyn, NY/Boys and Girls) in his second straight start of the year pulled down a team-high nine boards and added five points.
Guard Joe Caffey and forward Tom Heston led five King’s players who finished in double digits with 17 points apiece.
Berkeley’s next game will be at the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn on Friday, December 27 at 3PM when they face their longtime HVIAC rival St. Joseph’s College of Brooklyn. To attend this game you must purchase a ticket for the Brooklyn Nets-Milwaukee Bucks game that follows at 7:30PM. Your ticket to the Nets game will gain you admittance to both games. Tickets can be purchased through StubHub or the Nets box office.