Jeffrey Hayden scores school-record 49 points, highest total in Division II this season, in loss vs. Adelphi

Jeffrey Hayden heads to the hoop during a school-record 49-point performance.
Jeffrey Hayden heads to the hoop during a school-record 49-point performance.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Jeffrey Hayden had a career night. Unfortunately, it came in a narrow defeat.

Hayden scored 49 points, an NYIT men's basketball single-game record, in the Bears' 91-85 loss to Adelphi on Monday at Recreation Hall.

Hayden's final points came on a buzzer-beating three-pointer. That allowed Hayden to pass a pair of 48-point efforts — by Kelvin Hicks in the Division II national championship game against Virginia Union on March 20, 1980 as well as by Hilton Armstrong against Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison on March 6, 1974 — for the NYIT record.

Hicks is the only All-American in program history.

Hayden's output also was the most points scored in an NCAA Division II men's basketball game this season. It topped 46-point performances from Concord's Tommy Bolte and Western State's Ben Beauchamp.

Hayden's output came on 17-for-25 shooting from the field, including sinking his lone attempt from three-point range, as well as going 14-for-18 from the free-throw line. He also contributed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

"We were just trying to get a win," Hayden said. "We could have won. The main goal is to win the game. Whatever you can do to help our team win, that's what I wanted."

NYIT (2-5) trailed by 11 points at halftime against Adelphi, but cut the deficit to three on Arvelle Jones III's layup with 2 minutes, 47 seconds remaining.

However, after a steal by Opong Bramble, the freshman missed both ensuing free throws. And Adelphi (3-5) answered with a three-pointer from Nick Cambio with 2:03 left to open an 83-77 lead.

Bramble made his first career start.