New York, N.Y.- The Becker College men's basketball team suffered a 81-64 setback to NYU on Tuesday evening.
The Violets (5-2) earned the victory behind a balanced scoring attack which saw five players score in double figures. Leading that charge for NYU were post players Evan Kupferberg and Costis Gontikas. Kupferberg notched his fifth double-double of the season and the 14th of his career by grabbing a game-best 15 rebounds and scoring 16 points. Gontikas finished with a team-high 17 points along with nine rebounds and a block.
After going back and forth for much of the first half, the Violets took a 40-34 lead over Becker (6-3) into the locker room at the break.
NYU came out in the second half with total control and outscored the Hawks 44-27 to stretch out their lead for the eventual 23-point victory.
The Violets controlled Becker on the boards and in the paint. NYU outrebounded the Hawks 51-22 and outscored them 42-18 in points in the paint and 21-4 in second-chance points. In addition, NYU's bench players made a huge impact, outscoring Becker's reserves 36-8.
Becker returns to action on Saturday, January 3 when they travel to Salem State University.