The Berkeley College men's basketball team (2-0 Overall, 1-0 HVIAC) made it two consecutive wins to start the 2017-2018 campaign, as the Knights defeated Culinary Institute of America (1-2, 0-1 HVIAC) by a score of 111-57 in a Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest. The contest took place on the campus of Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Following the game, Head Coach Jonathan Pena gave his thoughts.
"This was a very balanced win for us today, with everybody contributing," Pena said. "It's great to be able to begin the conference portion of our schedule on a positive note. We'll have a few days off now before we get ready for the SUNY Delhi tournament this weekend."
In what was the Knights' 55th consecutive program victory, it was newcomer Nigel Hemingway pacing Berkeley College, as he connected on seven of his 11 attempts from the floor – including four of his eight launches from three-point territory – to finish with a game-high 18 points. He also exemplified defensive tenacity as well, racking-up three steals.
First-year Knight Mohammed Camara also put forth an impressive effort in ths one, as he drained six of his seven shots from the floor to finalize his afternoon with 13 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Veteran Johnnie Green added 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals, and Ricardo Ayuso added 11 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Finally, it was Foday Saccoh finishing his day with 10 points.
Berkeley College dominated the game in all facets, shooting 56.3 percent from the floor (45-80) compared to 29.4 percent for the Steels (20-68). The Knights out-rebounded the Steels 56-34, while also committing 23 turnovers compared to 33 for the opposition. Berkeley made the most of its opportunities from the charity stripe, connecting on 12 of their 17 (70.6 percent) shots there, while Culinary Institute of America hit on just eight of 17 (47.1 percent).
Culinary Institute of America was paced by Aaron Ruzinsky, as he finished with team-highs of 17 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Additionally, it was Brandon Medley contributing 12 points and a pair of steals.
Berkeley College will return to action this weekend, as the Knights will participate in the SUNY Delhi Tournament. The Knights will take on the Apprentice School on Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm, and should Berkeley win that game, it will face either SUNY Delhi or Stratford University in the tournament championship on Sunday afternoon.