In a mid-season Skyline Conference matchup, the Yeshiva Maccabees defeated the Sarah Lawrence Gryphons 77-70. The first half was sluggish for both sides, but the energy picked up in the second half, with the Macs scoring a whopping 53 points en route to a necessary comeback victory. The Macs had lost four of their last six games so it was important for them to pick up a win against a weaker Sarah Lawrence squad.
Sarah Lawrence started strong, scoring on the first possession of the game, but the Macs responded and eventually took a five-point lead five minutes into the game thanks to a rare three-pointer by Matan Zucker. The Macs led for much of the first half, but a pair of Gryphons threes in the last couple of minutes gave Sarah Lawrence a four-point halftime lead.
Yeshiva started the second half on a 13-0 run, capped off by a Zucker layup at the 16:18 mark of the second half. Later, with the Macs leading 40-30, the Gryphons went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead down to two with 12:29 left in the game. However, the Macs could stay out in front, and they held a steady lead for the rest of the half and maintained it for a seven-point win.
Second Half Play:
Not much separated the two teams statistically, but the most significant difference in the game was the Macs’ performance in the second half. They shot 2/16 from downtown in the first half and didn’t shoot a single free throw. In the second half, though, they hit seven of 13 three-pointers and got to the line 16 times.
Taking care of the ball is one of the biggest keys to winning, and Sarah Lawrence did not help themselves in that regard, giving the ball up 18 times. The Macs, on the other hand, turned it over only nine times.
For Sarah Lawrence (5-15, 3-8):
Braden Burman led the team in scoring with 16 points on 7/10 shooting.
Eamon Kelly had an all-around game; he scored 15 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out six assists.
Reuben Egan scored 10 points in 18 minutes off the bench
For Yeshiva (11-9, 8-3):
Zevi Samet led all scorers in the game with 27 points, knocking down four threes and recording six rebounds.
Max Zakheim scored 14 points and hit a team-high five free throws.
Matan Zucker stuffed the stat sheet once again with 14 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
The Macs host The College at Old Westbury on Saturday night at the Max Stern Athletic Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 PM.