ANNVILLE, Pa. – New Jersey City University men’s basketball bounced back on Saturday, Nov. 13, and defeated Delaware Valley University in the consolation game of the Rinso Marquette Tournament, hosted by Lebanon Valley College this week. The Gothic Knights outscored the Aggies, 70-60, and the junior forward Jacob Valeus (Pleasantville, NJ/Pleasantville) represented Jersey City on the All-Tournament team.
NJCU (1-1) and Delaware Valley (0-2) started very evenly until the Aggies used a 9-1 run with a line of three to take a six-point lead, 17-11 with 7:19 to go in the first half. The Gothic Knights eventually regained the lead and then the teams traded before DelVal managed to hold a two-point advantage, 26-24 at halftime. Lead co-captain point guard Jason Battle (Jersey City, NJ/Roselle Catholic) led all scorers with 11 runs in the first, including 5 of 7 from the foul line.
The second half continued to see the Aggies maintain a slight advantage as they led NJCU 44-40 with 13:52 remaining. However, a 13-2 run for the green and gold put them up by seven and they held a 53-46 lead with 8:15 to go – junior striker Ryan Savoy (Lakewood, NJ/Lakewood) turned it on during that game, scoring six of his 10 points in that span. Delaware Valley crumbled and came close at times, but a late 13-4 run saw Jersey City take a 13-point lead at 70-57 with just 1:48 remaining.
Overall, Gilbert, Battle and Savoy all had 10 points apiece in the second half as the Gothic Knights eventually outscored the Aggies by 10, with the final score 70-60.
– The battle ended with a game-high 21 points in just 20 minutes on the floor, with 6 of 8 shots – including 2 of 3 of three – and 7 of 9 from the foul line.
– Gilbert finished with 12 points from 6 of 8 from the floor and five boards.
– Senior Striker Yvens Monfleury (Newark, NJ/American History) saw an NJCU record 37 minutes and had 11 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block.
– Savoy added 14 top boards to his 10 points, also blocking a shot.
The Gothic Knights are taking a few days off before opening home play for the 2022-23 regular season. They host Hudson County rival Stevens Institute of Technology — the Ducks are receiving votes in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 preseason poll — on Wednesday night, Nov. 16. Tipoff at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center (JMAC) and Coach Charlie Brown Court is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Jersey City edged Stevens, 62-60, at last year’s meeting in Hoboken, NJ, on November 17, 2021, as all four players – including Battle, Savoy and the co-lead captain forward. Kayton Darley (North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) — marked with two digits.