Clark buries winner in Roberts season opener

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AMHERST, N.Y. – Reggie Clark’s (Greece Arcadia) game-winning shot with two seconds left on the clock gave the Roberts Wesleyan men’s basketball team a 78-75 victory over Nyack in the first game of the regular season.

Clark finished with a game-high 22 points going 7-of-10 from the field including an exceptional 5-of-6 from three-point range. But no shot was bigger than his final shot of the game to give the Redhawks an opening game win at the ECC-CACC Challenge presented by WNY Knee and Orthopedic Surgery PC. It was Clark’s first game-winning shot of his collegiate career.

With just under one minute to play in the game two made free throws by Nyack gave Roberts just a two point advantage, 75-73. But a steal by the Warriors led to an easy layup to tie the game at 75-75 with 27 seconds remaining. With the ball in the Redahawks’ possession Clark held the ball, took the shot with just over two seconds remaining, and left just 1.4 on the clock. Nyack wasn’t able to get up a last shot in time.

The entire contest was a back-and-forth game with the lead changing hands 19 times over 40 minutes of action. Both teams shot the ball well from the field with Nyack going 26-for-61 (45.9%) and Roberts connecting on 26-of-56 (46.4%).

Along with Clark, three other players scored in the double digits for the Redhawks. Redshirt freshman Amari Lee had 16 points, five rebounds and two assists. Armon Nasseri added 14 points and Zecaree Veiga finished with 13 points.

Kennith Ford led the way for the Warriors with 20 points and eight rebounds.

Roberts Wesleyan (1-0) will play in the second game of the challenge on Saturday against Felician University. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Daemen College.

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