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30-Point Samet Performance Powers Yeshiva Past Mary Washington

Zevi Samet is back. What the fans experienced out of Samet in the season’s early games reemerged once again on Sunday and was the driving force behind Yeshiva University’s 69-64 win over the University of Mary Washington. Along with Samet’s impressive showing came a near 20-point effort from Max Zakheim and a small, albeit significant, debut from Effy Freundlich.

Zevi Samet had a big night, scoring 30 points in the win. (Photo Credits: Akiva Poppers)

The Macs started off the game strong with quick baskets by Max Zakheim and Zevi Samet. The Macs built an early 20-12 lead before Mary Washington got into a rhythm. The Macs held the Eagles to just 2-10 shooting from the three. Despite the strong start the Macs found themselves trailing 36-29 at the break in large part due to 11 turnovers and allowing too many offensive rebounds.


The second half was all Macs. Yeshiva never completely pulled away, but it was clear who was destined to emerge with the victory. The duo of Zevi Samet and Max Zakheim led the Macs throughout the second half as the team maintained the lead for the remainder of play. Yeshiva totaled 40 points in the second half which was plenty to keep the struggling Eagles’ offense at bay.


Consistency

While few would say the Macs’ performance was jaw dropping on Sunday, many would nevertheless call their performance consistent. Yeshiva’s shooting percentages were nearly identical across the board between the halves. The team shot 43.5% on field goals in the first half and returned in the second half to post a 44.4 FG%. Similarly, the Macs made around 50% of their three-pointers in both halves. On the other hand, the only thing consistent about the Eagles’ performance was their sheer inability to hit their three-pointers. In the first half, Mary Washington made just over 50% of its two-point attempts, but when the second half arrived, the team managed to hit just 31.1% of them.


Effy Freundlich

Some scuffling from various players on the starting line decreased the scoring opportunities for the Macs. Luckily for Yeshiva, Freundlich was there to offer secondary scoring. The rookie scored the third most points for the Macs and was a pivotal force in Yeshiva’s second-half effort. Look for Freundlich’s play over the next few weeks to be an important piece in Yeshiva’s jockeying for seeding in the Skyline Conference tournament.


For Mary Washington (13-5, 0-0 C2C):

  • Greg Rowson led the Eagles with 14 points, landing six of his 13 field goals.

  • Cameron McCravy totaled seven points and seven assists.

  • Mary Washington was good on 42.2% of field goals, 12.5% of three-pointers, and 33.3% of its free throws.


For Yeshiva (9-8, 6-2 Skyline):

  • Samet earned himself a double-double with his team-leading 30 points and 10 rebounds.

  • Zakheim collected 19 points with four rebounds and three steals.

  • The Macs shot 44% on field goals, 52.2% from behind the arc, and 86.7% on free throws.


Up Next:

The Macs host Maritime College this Wednesday for their first of eight consecutive Skyline Conference matchups that will close out the regular season. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM in the Max Stern Athletic Center.


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