NEWARK, N.J.- The Eastern Nazarene men's basketball team suffered a 76-43 loss to Division I opponent New Jersey Institute of Technology Tuesday evening in an exhibition contest at the Fleisher Center.
The Highlanders improve to 1-1 on the season after narrowly falling to Providence November 10.
Senior Chima Ezeigbo (Roanoke, Va.) led the Lions with 16 points and eight rebounds in the game. Ezeigbo went 8-for-16 from the field while also adding three blocks.
Senior Mike McCoy (Altamonte Springs , Fla.), junior Brian Hard (Weymouth, Mass.) and rookie Eric Lynch (Alpharetta, Ga.) all scored six points for the visitors on the night. McCoy and Hard each drained a pair of treys for Eastern Nazarene.
The hosts netted the first seven points of the game before McCoy nailed a three-pointer with 14:05 remaining in the first half.
A three-pointer from Hard with 10:27 pulled Eastern Nazarene to within a point of the Highlanders, 13-12. The Lions grabbed their first lead of the game as Ezeigbo sank a lay-up after corralling three-consecutive offensive rebounds, 14-13.
NJIT reclaimed a one-point advantage, 21-20, with 5:17 left to play in the opening frame as Terrence Smith connected on a lay-up.
The Lions scored on the ensuing possession to jump ahead 22-21 with just over five minutes remaining in the half.
The Highlanders went on an 8-0 run to expand their lead to 29-22 with 1:17 showing on the clock.
The home team held onto a 29-24 edge at the midway point of the game.
Eastern Nazarene tallied five points in the opening minute of the second stanza to knot the contest at 29-29.
NJIT stretched the gap to 14 points with 11:22 left to play in the game as PJ Miller laid in two of his 14 points on the night.
The Lions finished with a field-goal percentage of 29.7% while shooting just 19% from beyond the arc. The Highlanders connected on 50% of their field-goal attempts in the win. The hosts outrebounded Eastern Nazarene by a slight 42-40 margin.
NJIT was led by Chris Flores, the 2012-13 Great West Conference Preseason Player of the Year, with 20 points and six steals while Miller chipped in with 14 points and a team-high seven assists.
The Lions first regular-season contest is slated for November 15 against Fitchburg State at 7 pm as part of the New England College Tip-Off Tournament.