The Bears (4-7, 0-2) were down by as many as 13 points in the second half before mounting a comeback that fell short, 65-62. Stephane Etheart, a Hollis native and St. Francis Prep product, led the way in the loss going for a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double.
Etheart's double-double was his team-leading eighth of the season while his 17 points and 12 boards were both game highs.
Senior forward Kavan Meiner added 14 points and eight rebounds. Rookie guard Chris Edwards added seven points and two blocks.
The Bears were scheduled to play the final game of their road trip on Tuesday as they continue the Skyline slate with a trip to sibling rival SJC Long Island.
Women fall at Hill
In the first game at The Hill Center in over a month, the St. Joseph's College women's team finished on the losing end of a 63-53 final against Mount Saint Mary College on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears drop to 5-3 in Skyline play (7-6 overall), while the Knights hold on to first place in the conference with an 8-0 record (10-3 overall).
St. Edmund Prep alum Kelly O'Donnell led the team with 19 points. The junior also pulled down five rebounds and made two steals.
Alexis Breen chipped in with 11 points to go along with seven boards, while recording her first collegiate block. Emma Kiley of Whitestone was the team's leading rebounder with 12. She also blocked seven shots and netted six points.
The Bears will face Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville on Thursday, January 16. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. with live stats and video available on SJCBears.com/live.