Joe Nesci celebrates his 500th win after New York University's victory over Brooklyn on Monday night.
New York University Head Coach Joe Nesci recorded the 500th win of his career when the Violet men's basketball team defeated Brooklyn College 70-67.
Nesci, who took over as the program's head coach during the 1989-90 season, now sports a career record of 500-240 (.676), including the Violets' 5-2 mark so far this season.
Win No. 500 was hard-earned on Monday, as the Violets charged back from an 11-point deficit in the second half.
Trailing 57-46, with 11 minutes remaining, NYU came all the way back to tie the score at 60-60 on Jimmy Martinelli's layup with 5:03 left.
Brooklyn (3-6) again went ahead, but a short jumper from Ted Georgiadis with 58 seconds left gave NYU a 67-66 lead.
After a Bulldog miss, Ross Udine's layup gave the Violets a 69-66 lead with 18 ticks left.
Michael Tesoriero hit a foul shot for Brooklyn, Martinelli countered with one for the Violets and the Bulldogs' Enees Nikovic missed a three-pointer just before the buzzer to give the Violets their fifth win and Nesci his 500th.
"I'm a part of 500 wins for the program. They're not my wins, they're our wins," Nesci explained. "It's a tribute to our program and our players."
Co-captains Ross Udine and Joe Timmes led the Violets in scoring, totaling 23 and 17, respectively.
"It was great for our young team to experience a win like that," Udine said. "Especially a hard-fought win like this."
Timmes also finished with eight rebounds, an assist and a steal.
"Today we got knocked back a bit, but then bounced back for a win. It was great," Timmes added.
In Nesci's 29 seasons, the Violets have finished with a losing record only once. NYU has made 21 postseason appearances under Nesci's guidance and finished as NCAA Division III National Runner-up in 1994.