On Sunday, the Maccabees beat the Penn State-Schuylkill Nittany Lions by a score of 105-52 to advance to 2-0 this season. Ryan Turell, Ofek Reef, and Eitan Halpert combined for 55 points—more than half of the Macs’ 105-point total— and propelled the team to a hard-fought, high-scoring victory. Sunday’s win is the 38th consecutive victory for Yeshiva, adding to their nationally-acknowledged win streak.
How It Happened:
Both teams came out of the gate hot, going back and forth to start off the game.
The Macs then went on a 13-2 run to take a 21-11 lead early on.
Ryan Turell went a perfect 9/9 from the field on his way to a game-high 24-point performance.
As the first half came to a close, the Macs led by a score of 59-33.
The Macs were firing on all cylinders in the second half, going on a 16-0 run and squashing Penn State’s chances of getting back into the game.
Yeshiva was in a giving mood, dishing out a total of 28 assists.
Zack Muller’s layup pushed the Macs past the 100-point threshold for the first time this season.
The Macs went 64% percent from the field, shooting 41-64 as a team. Beyond the arc, the Macs shot 51.7% as a team, hitting 15 three-pointers that accounted for 45 of the team’s 105 points. Ryan Turell and Ofek Reef were big reasons for Yeshiva’s success today. Turell shot 100% from the field, while Reef shot 72.7%.
Hot Starts and Extended Runs
While the Macs didn’t come out of the gates with a massive run, they managed to put one together soon after the game began, going on a 13-2 to take a 10-point, 21-11 lead. In the beginning of the second half, the Macs went on a 16-0 run, which helped to create even more distance between them and the Nittany Lions.
In a Giving Mood
The Macs dished out a total of 28 assists today, 10 more than their assist total from Saturday night’s game. Gabe Leifer and Ethan Lasko each contributed six assists, respectively—the most on the team on Sunday. Ryan Turell, Ofek Reef, and Eitan Halpert—Yeshiva’s leading scorers—combined for 10 total assists, adding to their already impressive stat lines from Sunday.
For Penn State-Schuylkill:
Wilvens Fleuizard and Lamonttea Brown led the Nittany Lions in scoring, scoring nine and eight points, respectively.
Penn State-Schuylkill shot 20-71 (28.2%) from the field and 4-21 (19%) from beyond the arc.
Lamonttea Brown led Penn State-Schuylkill in the assists category, accounting for five out of their 11 assists.
The Nittany Lions won the turnover battle and only turned the ball over 16 times, compared to Yeshiva’s 17 turnovers.
Even though they lost in regards to total rebounds, Penn State hauled in a total of 17 offensive rebounds, far surpassing the Macs’ four offensive rebounds during the game.
Ryan Turell led the way for the Macs with 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Gabe Leifer secured a double-double with an 11-point, 10-rebound performance.
The Macs shot the ball well, making 41-64 (64.1%) of their shots on their way to a 105-point performance.
The Macs’ defense was stellar, blocking 5 shots and securing 12 steals.
Up Next for the Macs:
Yeshiva is set to face Eastern Connecticut State on November 10th at 8:00 PM at the Max Stern Athletic Center in New York. It will be the Macs' second time facing Eastern Connecticut State. The last time the two teams faced off was on December 15th, 2019, when the Macs won by a score of 83-75. That game will be broadcast on MacsLive.com, and fans are welcome to attend, provided they wear masks and show proof of full vaccination.