The only two games on the Friday calendar were ECC match-ups that took place on the same Long Island road, and the visiting sides from Western New York made it a clean sweep, in dominant fashion:
DAEMEN 102 LIU POST 70
Andrew Sischo racked up 26 points (12-14 FG) and nine rebounds to lead six in double figures as Daemen thumped LIU Post in Brookville for its fourth straight triumph. Redshirt senior guard Dmarco Barnes enjoyed a homecoming of sorts, surpassing his combined career output with 15 points (5-8 from 3-point range) off the bench for the Wildcats, who dominated from start to finish, bolting out to a 24-4 lead en route to a 55-30 halftime cushion. The margin crested at 82-42 midway through the second as the visitors boasted a minimum 30-point upper hand over the last 16:29 against the ravaged Pioneers roster. The hosts, however, did receive a career night from Seth Goumba, who garnered 25 points, including a scorching-hot 7-of-9 from beyond the arc. Regional scoring leader Alonzo Ortiz-Traylor also contributed 21 points and nine rebounds while playing all 40 minutes in a losing cause. Jeff Redband (14 points, seven rebounds, five assists), Ziv Basden (personal-best 13 points, nine rebounds in a reserve role), Quinn Lee Yaw (11 points, 5-6 FG, five helpers) and Breon Harris (11, 4) also played well for Daemen, which was the superior shooting (59%-39%), rebounding (41-25) and assisting (27-11) team. Both sides made noise from long range (DC 14-29, LIUP 12-26).
ROBERTS WESLEYAN 92 NYIT 67
A half-mile up Northern Boulevard, Roberts Wesleyan used a 29-7 blitz over the final 12:41 of the half in expanding a 12-9 lead to 41-16 and never looked back in its win vs. New York Institute of Technology at Recreation Hall. Isaiah Lewis led a balanced attack with 18 points for the Redhawks, who led from pillar to post and maintained between a 23 and 32-point advantage the entirety of the second half in securing their first conference victory. Eight players tallied at least seven points for the victors, including Peyton McLaurin (14 points, 10 rebounds), Jean Toussaint (11, 6) and Fope Okuyiga (11 points off the bench). Marcus Saint-Furcy registered 15 points (3-5 from 3) and four assists for the Bears, who also placed Brandon Redendo (12, 5) and Aaron Fowlkes (11 points in reserve duty, 3-5 from deep) in double figures. Roberts was the much more accurate shooting club (50%-33%) and was more formidable in the paint (48-22), from the line (25-32 to 8-17) and on the glass (52-35).