Jeffrey Hayden scores 1,000th point, but men's basketball falls at UDC

Jeffrey Hayden scores 1,000th point, but men's basketball falls at UDC

WASHINGTON — Jeffrey Hayden achieved a milestone on Saturday with his 1,000th career point.

However, District of Columbia snapped a 13-game skid with a 107-97 victory against the Bears.

Hayden's achievement came during a 35-point outburst against the Firebirds. The 1,000th point occurred when he sank a pair of free throws with 6 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the game. He finished the night at 1,005 points. 

Only a junior, he may threaten NYIT's all-time record before he's done, too. Bryant (Mookie) Lassiter, now an assistant coach with the NYIT women's team, amassed a school-record 1,913 points from 2005-06 through 2008-09.

"Honestly, I'm just blessed to have this opportunity," Hayden said. "Without God, my teammates, family and friends, this feat wouldn't have been possible."

Hayden's signature outburst this season was a school-record 49-point eruption against Adelphi on Dec. 4. That's tied for the most points in a Division II game this season with St. Thomas Aquinas' Justin Reyes, who also did his damage against Adelphi.

Meanwhile, against UDC, the teams had been tied at 51 at halftime. But after NYIT grabbed a 59-56 lead on Domonic Josephs' layup with 18 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the game, the Firebirds answered with a 13-0 run and maintained the lead the rest of the way.

NYIT dropped its fifth straight game and fell to 3-17 overall and 1-8 in the ECC.

UDC (2-15, 1-8 ECC) earned its first conference win of the season and pulled even with the Bears for last place in the standings.

The Bears surrendered 100 points for the fifth time this season.

Hayden drained all 13 of his free-throw attempts en route to his 35 points. Kieran Hamilton followed with 20 points.