THROGGS NECK, NY – After taking on Columbia in an exhibition tilt on Sunday, the Maritime College men’s basketball team resumed its regular season schedule by hosting NYU on Tuesday. It was a six-point game at halftime, but the Violets (5-0) pulled away in the second half to earn an 86-64 victory over the Privateers (2-3) at Riesenberg Gymnasium.
NYU scored the first seven points of the game, but Maritime responded with a 9-5 run to trim its deficit to three, 12-9, at the 14:31 mark of the first half. The Violets extended their lead to 11 points at 32-21 before Tyler Anderson (Smithtown, NY) sank a jumper to start a 9-2 rally that brought the Privateers back within four, 34-30. A four-point play by Theo Noble (Bronx, NY) made it a 37-34 game with 55 seconds left until halftime, and NYU’s advantage was six, 42-36, at the break.
The margin was still six points, 46-40, when the Violets went on a 14-3 spurt to open up a 60-43 cushion with 11:03 remaining. Maritime pulled within 61-48 on Jake Murphy’s (Rockville Centre, NY) trey with 10:05 to go, but would get no closer. NYU’s lead reached a game-high 24 points at 86-62 before Alex Tartaglia’s (East Northport, NY) layup capped the scoring in the 86-64 defeat.
Noble had a career-high 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting to pace the Privateers. He also tied for the team-high with five rebounds. Robbie Mitchell (Richmond, NY) finished with eight points and five boards, while Aleksandar Begovic (Kotor, Montenegro) also pulled down five caroms. Anderson contributed 12 points and three assists, and Murphy tallied a career-best 11 points off the bench. As a team, Maritime shot 40 percent (22-of-55) from the field, 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from long range, and 68.4 percent (13-of-19) at the free throw line.
For the Violets, Zay Freeney led the way with 25 points to go along with three assists and three steals. Quinn Clark just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, and he added three assists. Spencer Freedman recorded 17 points and four assists, while Cinque Stephens notched 11 points. NYU shot 60.7 percent (34-of-56) as a team and outrebounded Maritime 35-26. The Violets were 8-for-18 (44.4 percent) from downtown and 10-for-19 (52.6 percent) at the charity stripe.
Maritime plays its final home non-conference game of the season on Sunday afternoon. Baruch (3-3) will visit Riesenberg Gymnasium at 1 p.m.
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