By Thomas Scavetta
Assistant Sports Editor
On Thursday, the men’s basketball team used an early scoring tear to cruise to a 74-61 win against University of the District of Columbia (UDC) in an East Coast Conference clash at the Pratt Recreation Center.
The Pioneers (10-9) jumped out to a 13-2 lead, led by red-shirt freshman guard Aary Bibens who collected nine points on the opening run of the contest.
LIU Post dominated the entire first half as they shot 52.0 percent (13-of-25) from the floor and garbed an alarming 36-22-cushion heading into the locker room.
Although UDC (4-15) got out to a hot start in the second half, the Pioneers were able to absorb the run once the Firebirds reduced the deficit to 10 points 1:24 in. The Green and Gold responded with a 14-2 uproar in a 3:40 span to pull away with a 52-30 advantage. Five different Pioneers scored during the streak. Junior guard Dillon Burns tallied up four points, three of which came on a transition trey, while senior guard P.J. Torres dropped in a lay-up on the fast break.
Senior forward Tyuan Williams led all scorers for the fourth-consecutive contest, racking up 15 points on 6-of-12 from the field. Williams hauled in seven boards and recorded two assists. Torres made a great contribution off the bench scoring 13 points and eight rebounds. Bibens added 13 points, as well. Sophomore forward Greg Dotson had eight points, six boards and two blocks for the hosts.
Head Coach Erik Smiles and the Pioneers return to work on Wednesday, Feb.4, when they continue their four-game home stand against Bridgeport at the Pratt Recreation Center. The Pioneers will look to even up their conference record at 6-6. Opening tip is set for 7.30 p.m.