On Wednesday Feb. 26, the LIU Post men’s basketball team took the time to recognize their lone senior, Vaughn Allen, as the Pioneers hosted the Molloy Lions at the Pratt Recreation Center.
Senior night proved successful for the men, as they defeated the opposition with a final score of 64-58, finishing their last home game with a win. The Pioneers led with a comfortable 10 points entering the intermission, the score standing at 33-23.
Although Molloy aggressively returned to the court for the second half, rattling off a 12-2 streak to go up 35-33 in just over four minutes, the Lions eventually fell short to the Pioneers. In response to the opposition’s performance, Allen took advantage of his night and reacted by equalizing the score to 35-all. The two squads exchanged five leads before the green and gold pulled away, finalizing the score with a six point advantage.
After the game, the Pioneers’ senior had mixed emotions about his final game on home turf. “I’m happy to represent my team as the only senior and leader. I was really pumped to play my last home game as a Pioneer,” Allen said. “The fans were great and they made my senior night an unforgettable moment. It was more than I ever expected.”
Despite their impressive performance, the men had to refocus for their next game, which took place three days later on Saturday, March 1 against the Queens College Knights at Fitzgerald Gymnasium in Flusing, N.Y. Looking for revenge after a heartbreaking overtime defeat on Jan. 25 against the Knights and in front of their home crowd, the Pioneers experienced deja-vu as they lost, 61- 56, in their 2013-14 regular season finale.
Even though it may not have been a fairytale regular season ending for the team, the Pioneers have now earned the number four seed in the East Coast Conference Championship (ECC), and thus will host fifth-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas in an opening-round on Wednesday March 5 at the Pratt Recreation Center in Brookville, N.Y. The men intend to repeat their two victories against the Spartans this season. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.