By Justin Miles, Staff Writer
For the 11th time, Fisher and Nazareth united their basketball teams on Jan. 16 to raise money for the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
The Battle of the Beaks might have brought rivals head to head at the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Athletic Center, but it helped to raise $4,115 for the hospital, according to Jennifer Granger, assistant athletics director/compliance and business.
Nazareth’s Cody Green realized the impact of the contest and put it into context.
“The game is fun, but [the fundraiser] is the biggest part of the whole thing,” said Green.
Since the Battle of the Beaks occurs multiple times, the impact continues throughout the year.
Cardinal Ryan Henderson said, “This is my seventh game [against Nazareth], and every time it’s been special to me.”
The men’s and women’s programs both faced off, which ended with Fisher and Nazareth taking home a victory.
An eventful second half between the men’s teams had the fans on the edge of their seats, producing a rampant applause for each basket scored. The game needed to be decided in overtime and Nazareth stole the 93-84 victory.
The women’s teams followed with the same intensity. The two sides battled closely in the first half, but the Cardinals took control of the game in the second half and coasted to a 63-50 victory.
Nazareth College’s men’s basketball coach Kevin Broderick said, “as usual there was a great crowd, great atmosphere and great college basketball.”