Assistant Spots Editor
The Pioneers fell to the Purple Knights 82-74 on Saturday, January 26, at Harvey Hubbell Gymnasium. Junior forward Vaughn Allen scored a career high 33 points for the LIU Post Pioneers men’s basketball team against the University of, but it was not enough to help get the Pioneers a win.
In the loss, LIU Post shot 46.2 percent (24-52) from the field and 40 percent (4-10) from the three-point line. Allen led the team in points and senior guard Jonathan Kohler contributed 14 points of his own, along with three assists. Senior guard Tobin Carberry scored 13 points, as well as three assists.
The Purple Knights were quick to jump on the board and by the 12:04 mark in the first half, the team had gained a 20-10 lead over the Pioneers. Junior guard Jojo Swift hit a three-pointer to make it a 14-point game and senior forward Dion Waiters sank a basket and made one of his two free throw shots to make it 27-12.
However, the Pioneers managed to battle back towards the end of the first half. Allen hit a jump shot to cut the lead to nine at the 3:52 mark. He made one of two free throw shots to make it an eight-point game. Kohler hit a three point shot to make it 36-31 Purple Knights. Allen hit another jump shot in the final minute of the half and then, with five seconds left, made it 36-35 Purple Knights off a slam-dunk.
The opening moments of the second half saw the Pioneers gain a one-point lead, but it quickly disappeared.
The Pioneers managed to keep the game from getting out of hand for the first several minutes of the half, but Bridgeport pulled ahead 51-41 with 13:06 left. By the 8:53 mark the Purple Knights led 62-46. The largest lead of the half came with 8:27 left when Waiters hit a three-pointer to make it an 18-point lead.
The loss was the Pioneers fifth of the season and second in conference play. It comes after the team defeated Saint Thomas Aquinas College on Wednesday, January 23, by a final score of 81-60. The game prior to that the Pioneers had the 11 game winning streak snapped by NYIT.
The Pioneers next game is on Wednesday, January 30, when the team will host Dowling College (7-10) at 7:30 p.m. in the Pratt Center.