Despite dropping their season opener during the first round of the 14th Annual Anthony Torchia Memorial Classic, the Mohawk Valley Community College men's basketball team bounced back in the consolation game for a victory to go 1-1.
In the opening game of the Classic, the MVCC Hawks squared off with Queensborough Community College in a contest that was evenly matched throughout. But the visiting Queensborough squad pulled it off 72-70.
Behind the strong performance from Tyshun Walker, Josh Ivey and returning star Tyquan Rolon, the Hawks built a 39-21 halftime lead with both teams not giving quarter. The highlight of the first half was Rolon sinking a long-range three-pointer in the closing moments to put MVCC up and then with time running out, it was Rolon again throwing up a half-court shot that went in as the clock expired.
The second half was a mirror image of the first with the lead teeter back-and-forth. Rolon was the Hawks' leading scorer with 25 points on the night. He was 4-8 from three-point range and 9-19 from within the arc. These numbers went along with his nine rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.
Coming off the bench for MVCC was Ivey with 16 points and nine rebounds. Walker added 10 points as the Hawks shot 40 percent (24-60) from two-point range and 31.2 percent (5-16) from beyond the arc. The Hawks' bench held the advantage on points scored, 23-8, and on the boards MVCC held the edge 49-33.
MVCC 77, Jefferson CC 56: The second game of the Torchia Classic was more in favor of the Hawks as they overcame a slow first half to finish of strong for the victory. Four of the Hawks' starters and one player off the bench ended in double figures, making it difficult for Jefferson Community College to focus its defense as MVCC won 77-56.
The first half of this contest was a struggle for the Hawks as they found themselves trailing 34-32 at the half. But the momentum shifted in the final 20 minutes as MVCC outscored Jefferson 45-22.
Leading the way for the Hawks on the day was Rolon with 17 points, six rebounds and two steals while Walker tallied 13 points with three steals and three rebounds. Both Janeel Frith and Ivey both finished with 12 points. Frith grabbed seven rebounds and Ivey snagged eight. Jahcin Igram finished with 11 points during his 32 minutes on the court.
The Hawks shot 56 percent (32-57) from the floor that included going 5-10 from three-point range. They also shot 69 percent (18-26) from the free throw line and out rebounded Jefferson 38-20.