Men's basketball stumbles at Concordia despite Luis Cartagena Jr.'s career-high 19 points

Arvelle Jones III started for a second straight game.
Arvelle Jones III started for a second straight game.

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. — The NYIT men's basketball team likes to play up-tempo.

It faced another run-and-gun team on Wednesday — a hot-shooting one at that.

Host Concordia shot 54.9 percent from the field and routed the Bears, 102-79.

Concordia opened a 35-15 lead with 8 minutes, 56 seconds remaining in the first half and built a 33-point lead less than three minutes after intermission.

The Clippers shot 15-for-28 from three-point range for the game.

NYIT played a portion of the second half with four freshmen — Luis Cartagena Jr., Belmin Purisic, Jake Russo and Laurynas Stonkus — as well as sophomore Arvelle Jones III on the floor and chiseled the deficit to 89-67 during that span.

Cartagena finished with a career-high 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field.

Jones started for the second time in the last three games.

The Bears dropped to 2-4 on the season. They next face Adelphi on Monday at Recreation Hall at 7 p.m.