New York, NY- MCLA's Noah Yearsley scored 26 points, but it wasn't enough as the men's basketball team saw their nine game winning streak snapped by Hunter College 84-79 this afternoon in non league action. With the loss, MCLA is now 12-5 overall. Hunter improves to 5-13 on the season.
In the opening half, neither team led by more than six points as the Hawks took a slim 41-39 lead into halftime. The same held true in the closing half, but with six minutes remaining, Hunter led 67-62. MCLA responded with a 7-0 spurt to grab a 69-67 lead as Yearsley scored five points in the run, but still with five minutes left to play.
After trading leads over the next several minutes, Hunter took the lead for good on Melvin Collins' three point play with under two minutes remaining making it 77-74. MCLA's Ki-Shawn Monroe converted for two on the other end to get within a point, but George Keener's bucket and FT extended back to a four point edge with under a minute remaining.
Monroe cut it in half with 25 seconds left, but MCLA was forced to foul. Keener made three FT's down the stretch to preserve the win and end the Trailblazers winning streak.
The nine game winning streak was the longest for MCLA since the 2010-11 season. That streak reached ten games before being snapped.
Yearsley went 7-13 shooting which included a 6-11 effort from three point land for his 26 points. Hayden Bird came off the bench to add 12 while Chris Becker collected 11 points. Monroe had a nice floor game with 9 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds.
MCLA was hurt by 19 turnovers and shot 43%.
Hunter placed four players in double figures led by Jonah Bevacqua's team best 19 point effort.
The Trailblazers will look to rebound on Wednesday when they host Westfield State in a key MASCAC matchup at 7:30pm.