Junior Eddie Johnson drives against a Bard player.
Brooklyn, NY - A pair of old-fashioned, three point plays by Bard College's Forrest Alvarez in the final two minutes gave the Raptors a thrilling 80-72 win over NYU-Poly Sunday afternoon in a Skyline Conference contest at the Jacobs Gymnasium. Alvarez, in what looked like deja vu, had a pair of drives to the hoop that both resulted in buckets and fouls and ultimately, won his team its second game of the year.
Bard (2-19, 2-14 Skyline) defeated NYU-Poly easily 73-53 earlier in the season at home. This time, the win was not decided until the waning seconds as much of the second half the game was within two possessions.
The Jays were paced by junior Anthony Mottola (Brooklyn, NY) who had a team-high 21. Freshmen Myles Hinchcliffe (Flower Mound, TX) added 14, while junior Eddie Johnson (Queens, NY) recorded a season-high 11 points off the bench.
Bard was led by Alvarez's game-high 22, which included a 10-for-14 performance from the field and 2-for-2 from the line. Three other Raptors, Justin White (15), David Polett (11), and Yonah Greenstein (10) all recorded double-digit point totals.
NYU-Poly shot 42% from the field while Bard shot 45%. The Jays had 19 turnovers to Bard's 17 and NYU-Poly won the battle in the paint, out-rebounding Bard 36-32.
NYU-Poly (4-16, 2-13 Skyline) returns to action Tuesday night as they host Farmingdale. The Jays lost in the first meeting 79-74. Game time is set for 8:00 pm in the Jacobs Gymnasium.