VALHALLA, N.Y. (Feb. 22, 2017) – Despite three Mavericks scoring in double figures, the Mercy College men's basketball team dropped a 103-74 decision to ECC foe St. Thomas Aquinas College on Wednesday night at Westchester Community College.
The Mavericks (2-24, 0-17 ECC) remain winless in ECC play, while the Spartans (23-5, 15-3 ECC) end their regular season atop the ECC standings.
Graduate student Ryan Hickey (Smithtown, N.Y./Dowling College) led the way with 19 points, while junior Marko Kozul (Astoria, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) notched his second double-double of the year by way of 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Senior Raphael Jennings (Washington, D.C./ASA College) rounded out three Mavericks scoring in double figures with 14 points and a team-high five assists.
Aaron Cust led the Spartans with a game-high 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting.
Mercy faced a tall task in taking on the No. 3 team in the latest East Region regional rankings. The Mavericks got off to an 8-6 lead at the 16:58 mark following a Jennings trifecta. However, the guests from Rockland County followed with a 10-2 run to take a 16-10 advantage with 14:47 left in the opening half.
Junior Matt Morgan (White Plains, N.Y./Nyack College) drained a three to make it 16-13, but St. Thomas Aquinas would go on a 26-10 run to increase their lead to 19, 42-23, with 8:06 remaining in the opening half. The Mavericks cut the deficit to 15, 42-27, following a pair of Hickey free throws, but the Spartans ended the half on an 18-11 run to take their largest lead of the period, 60-38, into halftime.
The second half saw St. Thomas Aquinas open the half on a 10-2 run to increase the lead to 70-40 with 16:28 remaining. The Spartans went on to lead comfortably the rest of the way in securing the win and showing why they are among the region's best teams.
Mercy shot 40.7 percent (24-of-59) from the field, 41.2 percent (7-of-17) from long distance and 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the foul line. St. Thomas Aquinas shot 56.9 percent (41-of-72) from the floor, 40.7 percent (11-of-27) from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the charity stripe. The Spartans held a 33-9 edge in points off turnovers and a 29-9 advantage in bench points.
Head Coach Dr. Jody King and the Mavericks look to bounce back when they host NYIT for Senior Day on Saturday, February 25th at 2:30 p.m. at Westchester Community College.