The Macs advanced to 3-0 in Skyline play with a 94-57 win over the St. Joseph’s Bears. The Macs defense led the way in the first half and the offense came alive in the second half to pull away and advance to 6-0 on the season. Ryan Turell’s first point got him to 1500 career points. He added 24 more on his way to a game-high 25 in the Macs’ 42nd consecutive win. Four Macs posted double digits, leading the way to a 37 point victory.
How it Happened:
Turell scored an and-one on a short jumper to give the Macs a 2-0 lead.
An Ofek Reef steal and dunk gave the Macs a 4-1 lead early.
Ethan Lasko made a 3-pointer, putting the Macs up 17-9, forcing a timeout for SJC.
Reef completed an and-one to give the Macs a 30-17 lead with 3:31 to go in the first half.
A gorgeous feed by Turell led to a Gabe Leifer layup, and the Macs went to the locker room up 39-22.
Eitan Halpert started the second half with his second 3-pointer of the game.
Turell went on an 8-0 run by himself to give the Macs 56-26 lead with 16:08 left.
Turell completed an alley-oop off of a beautiful feed off the glass from Reef.
A 10-0 run for the Macs was capped off by a Halpert 3-pointer, putting the Macs up by more than 40 with 7:48 to play.
Fan favorite Alon Jakubowitz knocked down a floater to give the Macs their final points of the game.
Getting to the Free throw line:
The Macs did an excellent job getting to the rim and drawing fouls. They went to the line for 12 free throws in the first half but struggled to connect on them, making just 5. However, they managed to get the Bears’ star, Chris Mikos, in foul trouble with three fouls in the first half.
Strong Defensive start:
The Macs held the Bears to just 22 first half points on 25% shooting. YU came out of the gate with an emphasis on defense, specifically against the Bears’ leading scorer, Chris Mikos. Mikos had 17 points and shot 1-5 from three. As a team, the Bears shot only 33%, a testament to the Macs lockdown defense.
The Macs were particularly effective in transition, scoring 27 transition points. They were able to capitalize on turnovers and long rebounds, converting them into easy buckets. The Macs were also able to limit transition opportunities for the Bears and did not allow a single transition point.
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The Bears were led by Mikos who finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds.
Chris Williams had 10 points for the Bears including a perfect 6-6 shooting from the FT line.
The Bears shot 33% overall and 23.5% from behind the arc
Turell finished with a game-high 25 points on 10-16 shooting.
Reef finished with 23 points and 5 assists on 11-14 shooting and Leifer had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while also dishing out 4 assists.
The Macs shot 58% from the field and 35% from the three.