Six-foot-10 Kevin Jobity, a 24-year-old, fifth-year senior at Niagara University, demonstrated again here Monday night that he is one of the most improved college basketball players in the East.
For the second game in a row Jobity hit a career high in scoring as his 27-point output led Niagara (2-2) to a 79-73 non-conference triumph over Long Island University.
A crowd of 925 saw the game at the Schwartz Athletic Center, the old Brooklyn Paramount Theater.
The Niagara big man made nine of his 11 field-goal attempts to lead a 50.9 percent shooting performance (28 for 55) by the Purple Eagles
Jobity, who averaged 11.6 points as a junior, raised his season's average to 19.3 in what was a homecoming of sorts. Although Jobity now calls Toronto home, he was born in Brooklyn. He also had 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.
"I knew I had to play as well as I could. My game is coming along," said Jobity, who had 24 points in his last game.
"We emphasized getting the ball inside," said Niagara coach Joe Mihalich. "We won the game because Kevin and Alvin (Young) stepped up tonight."
Young scored 12 of the 16 points as Niagara rallied from a 61-55 deficit to a 71-65 lead with 2:55 left.
LIU built a 47-41 lead early in the second half, but a three-point shot by Young tied the game at 64 with 4:55 left and Niagara never trailed gain.
LIU got as close as 71-69 with 1:39 left but the Eagles had an 8-4 advantage the rest of the way as Jeremiah Johnson sank 6 of 7 free throws and Jobity tipped in the free-throw Johnson missed.
Young finished with 16 points. Issiah Francis scored 19 to lead the Blackbirds (0-3).
Niagara's next game is its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener, against St. Peter's at 7 Friday at the Gallagher Center.