The Macs advanced to 5-3, 3-0 today against the Sarah Lawrence College Gryphons after an impressive 28-0 run in the second half. In the first half, neither team could get much going. During the second part of the game, the Macs flipped the switch right out of the locker room, dominating the Gryphons with a 28-0 run. The Gryphons started to climb back into it late but were no match for the Macs. Zevi Samet and Max Zakheim were hot again and pulled away late for the Macs' victory against their Skyline Conference opponent.
How it Happened :
The Sarah Lawrence Gryphons came out in a tough 1-2-2 zone press, slowing down the Macs' offense.
The Gryphons were hot from three early on, connecting on four of eight tries at the 13-minute mark.
The Macs locked in defensively, resulting in an 11-5 run. They regained the lead at 22-21 with a little over five minutes remaining in the first half.
The Gryphons closed off the first half with a steal and slam by #23 Derek Hickman. The Gryphons led the Macs 27-24 at the break.
The Macs opened up the second half with an explosive 18-0 run followed by a full timeout from the Gryphons.
The Macs extended their run to 28-0, but the Gryphons’ Mason Meyers stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer with 12:35 left in the game.
The Gryphons started slowly crawling back from their 12-point deficit, reducing the Macs’ lead to 66-54 with five minutes to go.
Zevi Samet knocked down a much-needed three, giving the Macs a 73-61 lead with 1:32 left to play.
The Macs were steady in the final minute, taking home a 78-66 victory over their Skyline Conference counterparts.
The Macs used a 28-0 run to blow past Sarah Lawrence on Sunday
Slow First Half:
The Macs shot a miserable 9-31 (29.0%) from the field and 2-14 (14.3%) from three-point range.
The Gryphons didn’t perform much better, shooting 11-29 (37.9%) from the field and 5-15 (33.3%) from three.
Or Sundjyvsky, a usual top performer from the Macs, couldn’t get anything going early on. He was 0-5 from the field with three turnovers in the first half.
Strong Start to the Second Half:
Yeshiva came out of the gates with a demoralizing 28-0 run, highlighted by their fast break play.
The Maccabees significantly improved their shooting in the second half, going 22-34 (64.7%) from the field and 5-12 (41.7%) from three.
The Macs strung out their lead to 26 points, but the Gryphons were able to bring the lead down to 12 by the end of the game.
YU had an impressive 19 assists in the second half.
Fast Break Points:
The Maccabees outscored the Gryphons 22-4 on the fast break.
Yeshiva was aggressive on the defensive end, picking up 17 steals.
YU converted on their tough defense, scoring easy buckets throughout the match.
The Macs outscored the Gryphons 29-8 on points off turnovers.
For Sarah Lawrence College:
#34 Lucas Murray from the Gryphons put up 19 points and 11 rebounds on 9-13 (69.2%) shooting from the field.
The Gryphons attempted 39 times from three-point land, showing their reluctance to take the ball inside.
Due to this unwillingness to take the ball inside, the Gryphons only shot two free throws in today’s contest.
Zevi Samet and Max Zakheim combined for 46 points for the Maccabees today.
They were aggressive around the hoop, putting up 44 of their 78 points in the paint.
The Macs didn’t play selfishly with the basketball, putting up an impressive 26 assists, with 19 coming in the second half.
Max Zakheim and Or Sundjyvsky were great on the glass, putting up nine and seven rebounds, respectively.
Overall, the Macs did not play their best brand of basketball but were still able to bring home the win.
The Maccabees will take on the US Merchant Marine Academy on November 29 at 7:30 pm. The game will take place at the Macs Stern Athletic Center.