BRONX, NEW YORK, January 25- The Maritime basketball team won its second consecutive game Thursday night, this in dramatic fashion, 77-74 in overtime, over NYU-Poly at the Jays’ Jacobs Gymnasium. The Privateers overcame a 14-point second-half deficit to tie the game with 39 seconds to go and outscored Poly, 10-7, in the extra stanza to improve to 3-11 (2-7 Skyline) on the season, while the Jays fall to 4-11 (1-8 Skyline).
"Tonight was a great win,” exclaimed head coach Jake Scott. “We had to fight very hard to come back and push it to overtime. We got some great contributions from some bench players late and that was the difference."
Senior Ron Bethea (Harlem, N.Y./Humanities Prep.) recorded 26 points off the bench to lead the Privateers, while sophomore Sean Corley (Harlem, N.Y./Thurgood Marshall) had a great all-around game with 16 points, six rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Freshman Tim McNamara (Somerville, N.J./Somerville) added 11 points and sophomore T-Vaughn Gibson (Freeport, Bahamas/Sunland Baptist) chipped in with 10 to round out the double-digit scorers.
The Privateers held the lead for the entire first half, building a game-high lead of 10 points at 10:16 on a three-pointer by Kevin Blohm (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville). NYU-Poly fought back to within two points, 39-37, before the halftime break.
In the second half, the Jays outscored Maritime 28-12 over the first 13 minutes to take a 14-point, 65-51 lead. The Privateers climbed back over the next seven minutes, as Bethea led the charge with nine points. They eventually tied the game on two free throws by Corley with 39 seconds to go to force overtime.
In the extra five minutes, Bethea drained two foul shots at 3:39 to give Maritime its first lead since the beginning of the second half. A free throw by Corley and a trey by Bethea made the score 73-67 in favor of the Privateers with 53 seconds to go. Poly fought back to within one point, 75-74, with 26 seconds to go. Bethea drained two more free throws to seal the game.
Maritime returns to action on Saturday, January 26, when they play host to St. Joseph’s College. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at the Riesenberg Hall Gymnasium.