A Season of New Beginnings

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The change in season can only mean one thing: the start of the basketball season, a season full of hope and optimism. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have their eyes set on both ECC and NCAA championships. The women’s team made it to the NCAA tournament only to be eliminated by Dowling. “It was tough losing to them both in the semifinals and in the league championship” said senior Rebecca Romeo. The English major, a native of Australia, is hoping for an even better season. “With last season behind us, it’s a huge building block because we know that we can compete with any team in the league, even with six of our seniors gone from last season.” The team, led by both Romeo and fellow senior Alexandra Venuto are poised to get retribution, especially against Dowling who eliminated them from the tournament back in March. “We know that we can succeed and our fans will come out and support us,” said the business management major when asked about the team’s success. “If we have the same season or better, I know that we can overcome any obstacle that is in front of us.”

The men’s side is also looking to go up and beyond last season’s 19-10 record; however, they were bounced out in the first round in the ECC tournament last year. “We want to build off of our record and this year we can do so,” said senior Markus Moore. “With a new roster, I believe we have what it takes to go beyond and become ECC champs.” The senior Interdisplinary Studies major is referring to several new acquisitions over the offseason, including high profile players from Temple, Weber State and UL-Monroe. “Even with the new players, the intensity is the same if not better,” said fellow senior Phil Izevbehai, a Communication Arts major. Everyone’s stepping up their game and even though it’s early in the season, there is a lot of improvement. The men’s team is looking to avenge losses to both Bridgeport, who ruined the Bear’s perfect record in league play and for Dowling, who made them lose in the ECC tournament last year. “Prepare for a great season; believe it,” said Markus.

Bear’s To Watch:

Markus Moore, senior, Interdisplinary Studies:
Marcus is a senior from Palo Alto, California. He transferred to NYIT from Sierra College, where he was given all 8 conference honors. Last season, Markus averaged 5.5 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game, having a season best 15 points against ECC opponent St. Thomas Aquinas.

Phil Izevbehai, senior, Communication Arts:
Phil is a senior from Huntington, New York. He transferred to NYIT after playing two years at the District of Columbia College in Washington DC. Last season, Phil averaged 15 points per game and 4 rebounds per game, having a season high 25 points against Mercy.

Rebecca Romeo, senior, English:
Rebecca, a native of Australia, has spent two year at NYIT after transferring from Columbia State community College. Last season, Rebecca averaged 7 points per game and started 20 games last year for the Bears.

Alexandra Venuto, senior, Business Management:
Alexandra is a senior who has played all four years with the Lady Bears, having her best year as a junior. Alexandra averaged 4 points per game and led the Bears with 89 rebounds.

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