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On top of the success the woman’s basketball has had this season, the NYIT Men’s basketball team has also made noise in Division II play, compiling a 14-7 record, while recording a dominating 8-3 record in East Coast Conference competition.  One of the biggest surprises has been the increase in scoring, led by senior guard Kayvon Roberts, who is compiling 14.8 points per game average while completing 43% of his three point shots. Another surprise for the men’s team has been fellow senior Azel Prather Jr., who has been averaging 8 rebounds per game along with a nearly 50% field goal percentage.

Dominic Scurry says, “He’s been one of the reasons for our success. He’s one of the main pieces that we have going for us…  As well as Phil [ Izevbehai} and Azel {Prather], who’s rebounding a lot and that has kept us in some tight games.” Some of these tight games have been decided by 10 points or fewer, including games against Mercy and LIU Post, two top teams in the ECC this year.

Scurry also cited the team’s defense as a key area that needs improvement. “Coach [Lagano] emphasizes defense and there have been moments where we’ve given up a large amount of points,” Scurry said, “We just need to stay consistent and play hard every game.”

The Bears have plenty of opportunities to make the Division II tournament this year, in part thanks to their overall conference record. However, the Bears have tough competition coming up, with games against Molloy and their senior day matchup with St. Thomas Aquanis to round out the year.

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