Jamaica, NY -
Lehman College earned its first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament with a 75-69 victory
over New York City College of Technologyin the 2004 CUNY Athletic Conference / Con Edison Men's Basketball Championship.
The Lightning (22-6) earned their fifth overall conference title and the first since 1987.
Lehman jumped out to an early lead midway through the first half and steadily built up its advantage in the second half. The
Lightning led by as many as 19 points, 57-38, with 12:37 remaining on a lay-up by senior guard Jonathan Rojas (Bronx, NY /
Walton). City Tech then went on a tremendous run and cut the lead to one point twice, including to 67-66 on a lay-up by freshman
guard Otis Saylee (New York, NY / Seward Park) with 3:49 to go.
Junior center Miguel Jorge (Bronx, NY / Dominican Republic) would score four points and junior guard Andre Bagot (Bronx,
NY / Sullivan) would add three points down the stretch as the Lightning successfully held off the late charge. The Yellow Jackets
were sparked by freshman guard Clyde Forteau (Bronx, NY / St. Raymond's), who ignited the run with five points and the three
steals in a three-minute span. Junior center Shacun Malave (Bronx, NY / DeWitt Clinton) added seven points and three blocks.
A basket by Bagot with 1:23 to go put Lehman ahead 73-69, and he added a free throw twenty seconds later. Rojas sealed
the scoring on a free throw with 29 seconds remaining. Bagot earned the Tournament MVP award as he finished with 13 points,
five rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Jorge and Rojas scored 21 and 16 points, respectively, to join him in earning All-
Tournament honors. Junior forward Marc Domin (Bronx, NY / DeWitt Clinton) contributed 10 points and 14 rebounds for Lehman.
Malave finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks for City Tech (16-11). Saylee added 16 points, five rebounds,
and four assists while Forteau added seven points, 11 rebounds, and the three aforementioned steals. Malave and Forteau were
also named All-Tournament.
The first half was a period of runs with the Yellow Jackets jumping out to early 5-0 lead, before Jorge's three-point basket put
Lehman on the board. After a putback by Malave, Bagot nailed a three-pointer which sparked a 10-0 run for Lehman, and gave the
Lightning a 13-7 lead. The teams exchanged leads for several minutes with the Yellow Jackets eventually taking a 25-19 lead with
6:37 remaining in the half. That lead would not last long as a basket by Rojas sent the Lightning on a 19-7 run to end the first half
with a 38-32 lead.
The second half started with a 17-4 run by Lehman as the duo of Rojas and Jorge combined for 11 points during the span. A
basket by Malave with 10:45 remaining capped a 10-4 run by the Yellow Jackets. A steal and lay-up by Forteau cut the Lightning
lead to 61-50. After a Jorge free throw, City Tech sophomore Roger Redhead (Brooklyn, NY / South Shore)converted on three
consecutive three-pointers to cut the lead to 64-59 with 7:02 left and shift the momentum in the Yellow Jackets direction.