A strong first half followed by an even stronger second half powered Yeshiva to a 94-48 win over Brooklyn College this evening. The #1 ranked Macs bulldozing of the Bulldogs extends their winning streak to 47 games.
How it Happened:
A minute after the Macs won the tip, Ryan Turell opened up the scoring with his first three-point shot of the game.
After the Macs quickly jumped ahead 8-2, Brooklyn went on a mini 6-1 run, with Andre Estrada hitting a layup to make the score 9-8 at the 14:42 mark.
Off of a pass from Gabe Leifer, Ryan Turell completed an alleyoop to bring Yeshiva ahead 13-8 with just over 14 minutes left in the first half.
Applying the pressure on the Bulldogs, Gabe Leifer layed one home, concluding a 14-0 Yeshiva run in just over two minutes of game-time and forcing Brooklyn to call a timeout with 12:23 remaining in the first.
With just about eight minutes left in the first half, Oren Betesh handed Yeshiva a 20 point lead with a three-point shot.
To cap off the Macs’ powerful first half, Ofek Reef put up a buzzer-beating layup to give his team a 43-25 lead.
Adi Markovich assisted on a Gabe Leifer layup which opened up the scoring in the second half, thereby reestablishing Yeshiva’s 20 point advantage.
Ryan Turell forced a Brooklyn timeout with a breakaway layup to make the score 67-33 with under 10 minutes to go.
With under a minute left, Alon Jakuboitz capped off Yeshiva’s offensive showing with a dunk.
The Macs have had a lot of trouble this season in the first half, seldom reaching the 40-point mark by halftime, but not tonight. Just like in Yeshiva’s win on Saturday night, the Macs passed the 40-point mark within 20 minutes. The first period saw the Macs put up a solid 55.6 FG%. Due to their 43 points in the first half, the Macs were sitting comfortably ahead and in full control by the time the second period came around.
Despite managing to hold opponents to about 78 points per game coming into tonight’s contest, the Bulldogs allowed the Macs to score 94 points. This was largely due to Yeshiva’s height advantage; Turell, Leifer, and Jordan Armstrong towered over almost every player on Brooklyn’s roster. This enabled YU to get numerous looks close to the basket; 48 of the Macs’ 94 points came inside the paint. Also factoring into this was Yeshiva’s ball movement. At times, the offense has been sloppy this season, leading to a shortcomings the team has shown. This game, however, the Macs seemed much more inclined to pass the ball and screen their man rather than look for a shot for themselves. The Macs totaled 28 assists this game.
For Brooklyn (1-8, 0-1 CUNYAC):
Kayin Olajide and Noah Shy led their team with 12 and 10 points, respectively
That duo, along with freshman guard Serge Thraysbule, each contributed two steals to their team’s effort.
Xavier Whitfield led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds and Zuric Harvey led with six assists.
The Bulldogs shot 30.5% overall and 23.5% from behind the arc.
For Yeshiva (11-0, 7-0 Skyline):
Gabe Leifer tallied his sixth career triple double, and first of the season, as he racked up 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Ryan Turell led the scoring attack with 35 points, while Ofek Reef added 18.
Matan Zucker put up a notable eight rebounds and five assists
The Macs, who lead DIII in FG%, shot 58.1% from the floor, and 46.2% from 3.
Yeshiva, which came into this game leading DIII with 23.7 assists/game, upped this number to 24.1/game with tonight’s 28-assist performance.
The Macs will look to keep their momentum going against Washington College this Thursday, December 9th, at 7 PM. You can tune in to that game on MacsLive.