Ekekeugbor reaches 2,000 points, men's volleyball starts season strong
The Baruch College men’s basketball team su ered a tough 10-point loss on Feb. 20 to the College of Staten Island in the CUNY Athletic Conference Tournament. e team was hoping that despite the loss, it would be able to be placed into the Eastern College Athletic Conference postseason tournament. The team’s wish was eventually granted. On Feb. 28, the Bearcats traveled to face their opponents, the William Paterson University Pioneers, in Wayne, New Jersey. Going into the game, senior for- ward and 2017-18 CUNYAC MVP, Chimaechi “Chima” Ekekeugbor, needed 37 points to eclipse 2,000 total career points. After the first half ended, William Paterson held a close two-point lead, despite Chima’s 17 points. But in the second half, the Bearcats turned on the jets and took control of the game. This spark included a stretch of great shooting, as the Bearcats shot 53 percent from the eld in the second half. On top of this, Chima was able to score 20 more points in the half, which landed him at exactly 37 points. Baruch was able to come away with the 64-57 victory on the road and advanced to the next round of the ECAC Tournament, where the team would play Widener University.
Chima became the first player for Baruch and second CUNYAC player to reach the 2,000-point mark. Hoping to ride their win into their game against Widener, the Bearcats unfortunately had to forfeit the game because they were not able to reach the game’s destination in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The Bearcats were stuck in the snow on their coach bus on the highway for nearly 20 hours before they had to turn around and come back to campus. Widener then went on to win the 2018 ECAC Championship. The Baruch College men’s volleyball team has gotten o to a hot start against its conference rivals this season. In their three matchups against CUNY Athletic Conference teams this season, the Bearcats have been able to win sweep their opponents every single time. Baruch’s first CUNYAC match-up came against Medgar Evers College, during which the Bearcats swept the Cougars with scores of 25-15, 25-10 and 25-16. Opposite Stephen Roach, a junior, led the team with 10 kills, eight digs, three aces and two blocks.
Rookie setter Edward Grinberg led with 17 assists and accounted for eight digs. Baruch’s second matchup was against York College, where the Bearcats were able to sweep again with scores of 25-11, 25-18 and 25-14. Outside hitter Nicholas Godino, junior, had a dominating 17 kills and seven digs, while Roach added seven kills. Grinberg contributed with 23 assists. In their third game match against a CUNYAC opponent, Ba- ruch faced the City College of New York Beavers, where the Bearcats swept with scores of 25-16, 25-15 and 25-21. The Beavers hit an abysmal .085 percent totaling only 20 kills, while Baruch finished with 37 kills, hit- ting .247 percent. Roach led the team again with 10 kills and fresh- man middle blocker and outside hitter Evan Takos finished with a career-high eight kills. Grinberg had an impressive 25 assists in the win. Baruch’s season record is 6-8 overall and 3-0 in the conference. e team hopes that it can ride this confidence into its other matchups with CUNYAC squads.