Berkeley uses stellar defensive effort to silence American National, 78-65 on Saturday afternoon; Deylon Bovell goes off for 22 points, seven rebounds

Berkeley uses stellar defensive effort to silence American National, 78-65 on Saturday afternoon; Deylon Bovell goes off for 22 points, seven rebounds

The Berkeley College men's basketball team recorded its first winning streak since February 2019, as the Knights today put on a defensive clinic, defeating the Eagles of American National by a score of 78-65. The game took place at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in lower Manhattan. With the victory, the Knights improved their 2019-2020 record to 3-4.

In the victory for Berkeley, standout Deylon Bovell scored a game-high 22 points, connecting on 10 of his 10 shots from the floor. He also snatched seven boards, while recording a pair of assists, collecting two steals, and swatting a pair of shots. Daquan Jackson drilled five of his six attempts from the field, finalizing his afternoon with 12 points, four assists, three rebounds, and a team-high three blocks. Turray Bynum finished with 11 points and five rebounds, and Joshua Hardy fell just short of recording his second consecutive double-double, as he netted nine points while grabbing 16 rebounds.

Despite the loss for the Eagles, Earl Fuller had a monster game for American National, as he posted a double-double with team-highs of 21 points and 18 rebounds. Keith Stagg contributed 19 points, four rebounds, and four assists, and it was Jamonte Ricks coming up just shy of registering a double-double (15 points, nine rebounds).

The Knights trailed 31-29 in this game with 5:04 remaining in the opening half, but a 10-0 Berkeley run over the ensuing 1:31 catapulted the Knights to a 39-31 advantage. That aforementioned spurt featured a converted layup by Hardy, a made three-point basket by Bynum, a successful three-point play by Jackson, and a converted jumper from Bovell. American National sliced Berkeley's edge to four with a modest 7-3 run, but the Knights scored the final seven points of the session to take a 49-38 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

In the second half, Berkeley built a lead as large as 16 points (62-46 with 13:09 remaining in the game). American National hung around, but the Eagles were never able to get any closer than eight points down (69-61), as a suffocating Knights defense kept American National at arm's length before eventually recording a 13-point triumph.

Berkeley's defense was the story of the afternoon, as the Knights held the Eagles to just 65 points on 31.5 percent shooting (23-73). The Knights also forced 15 opposition turnovers, and turned that into 24 points of their own. Berkeley shot 42.5 percent from the floor (31-73), but three-point shooting continued to be a concern, as the Knights misfired on 20 shots from downtown (7-27, 25.9 percent). Berkeley out-rebounded American National 52-47, while also recording 18 assists compared to nine for the Eagles.

Berkeley will look to make it three consecutive victories tomorrow afternoon, as the Knights will host Bryant & Stratton-Buffalo at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Start-time for that contest is scheduled for 3:00pm.