Ekekeugbor breaks all-time scoring record at Baruch, swim teams surge

Baruch’s men’s and women’s swimming teams are now well into their seasons, competing in a total of six races so far. The men’s team has started the season 4-2, while the women’s team has started their season 3-3. They started their seasons against William Paterson, where they both were defeated, with the women’s and men’s teams falling 113-106 and 123-89, respectively. In their second and third matches, Baruch faced off against the DII teams of Queens College and Adelphi University. The men’s team was able to defeat Queens 75-22, but were unable to get a win over Adelphi, losing 73-26. The men’s team moved to 1-2, while women’s fell to 0-3 on the season. Baruch had their first home races against CUNYAC opponents York College. Both the men’s and women’s teams dominated in their home openers, with men winning 108-68 and women winning 104-67. Baruch traveled to CUNYAC rival College of Staten Island where both teams were able to defeat the Dolphins in their matches; the men won 131-79 improving to 3-2 and the women won 140-96, improving to 2-3. Baruch then hosted the College of New Rochelle at home in the ARC Aquatic Center. The women won their third straight game and the men’s team improved their record to 4-2 after defeating New Rochelle 109-67 and 103-85, respectively. Their next matches are at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Winter Championship from Dec. 1 through 3 at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island. Before the Baruch men’s basketball team was able to step onto the court against their first opponent, Kean University, their team was named number one in the 2017-18 CUNYAC preseason men’s basketball poll, making them the favorite to win the CUNYAC Championship. They received a total of 78 points with seven of those being first place votes.

The men’s basketball team is starting off the year on the right note, going 2-1 so far. They traveled to Union, New Jersey for their first game where they played against Kean University. Division III All-American Forward Chimaechi Ekekeugbor led the Bearcats to an 85-67 victory with his impressive double-double of 26 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Andre Harris also impressed in his first game with Baruch as he scored 24 points while shooting 50 percent. Baruch led by 14 at halftime and in the second half Kean was able to cut the lead to five points, but Baruch’s high-powered offense kept them in front. For Kean, DeAndre Thomas had 25 points.

Baruch’s next matchup was at home in the ARC Arena against Yeshiva University. Ekekeugbor and Bryler Paige combined for 46 points in their home victory. Baruch had a big 21-point lead in the second half, but Yeshiva was able to make a late run and cut the lead to seven. The Bearcats, however, were able to stand tall over the Maccabees and them by a score of 83-73.

Baruch’s first loss of the season came in a hard-fought battle against SUNY Old Westbury. The Bearcats were down by 17 points at one point in the first half, but were able to fight back to tie the game 58-58 in the second half with just under 12 minutes remaining. The Panthers were too much to handle though as they jumped out to a 65-58 lead, but another run by Baruch gave them a 73-72 lead. Old Westbury, however, continued to fight hard, and came away with the 79-75 victory in this very hard-fought game by both teams. Ekekeugbor led Baruch again with 21 points and 17 rebounds, along with help by guard William Sixsmith, 13 points, and guard Paige, 15 points. Alan McDonald of Old Westbury led his team with 15 points in the victory.

Baruch hopes to continue their strong start to the season.

During these games, Ekekeugbor was able to surpass Chris Beauchamp’s record of 1,573 career points at Baruch, becoming the team’s number one leading scorer all time with 1,598 points. With the season still very young, this number will be able to greatly increase.

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