BRONX, NY – The Thomas College men's basketball team dropped a 99-64 decision to Lehman College in the first day of the Lehman Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Thursday night.
In the loss, the Terriers fall to 5-4 (3-0 NAC) on the year while the Lightning move to .500 at 5-5 (2-2 CUNYAC).
The Terriers looked to be in control in the first few minutes of play as Jordan Derosby (Waterville, Maine / Waterville) and Tailour Hall (Jacksonville, Fla. / Edward White) put the red and black up 5-0. The early lead was erased quickly as Lehman responded with a 14-0 run on six Thomas turnovers.
Luis Hernandez led the Lightning in their strong first half as he netted 15 points and pulled down four rebounds. Lehman shot 23-for-35 from the floor and a perfect 5-5 from behind the three-point line to jump out to a 53-21 lead going into the break. The Terriers could not get the shots to fall as they finished the first half at 6-for-28 shooting and 3-for-17 from behind the arch. Derosby finished the half with six points and six rebounds to lead the team. Thomas also turned the ball over 12 times compared to the Lightning's four.
The Terriers kept pace with the Lightning to open the second half after both teams traded points. Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Lawrence) scored nine points in the span for Thomas. Lehman continued their hot shooting to increase their lead to 37 with five minutes remaining in the contest. Shooting woes continued late in the half as the Terriers as the scoring finished at 99-64 in favor of the Lightning.
Simon led the Terriers offense with 21 points and eight rebounds while Derosby chipped in with 12 points and eight boards.
The Lightning saw five players score in double-digits as Hernandez finished with 19 points and six assists. Andrew Utate finished a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor to finish with 13 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.
The Terriers finished with 20-for-60 shooting (5-for-31 from three) while the Lightning finished at 43-for-70 (8-for-9 from three).
The Terriers will play again tomorrow, December 30, for Day Two of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic as they face Stevens Tech in a 12:00 p.m. matchup.