(Courtesy of yumacs.com) The Yeshiva University men’s basketball team earned a convincing win over The City College of New York, 109-79, at the Max Stern Athletic Center on Thursday evening. The Maccabees (9-5) have now won eight straight contests, tying the longest streak in the program’s history as a member of the NCAA. YU set the mark by winning eight games in a row, last season.
“Good team win,” Yeshiva University head coach Elliot Steinmetz said. “Nice to see our offense clicking. We have to keep competing defensively but when we share the ball this way, we really can put up points.”
As a team, the Maccabees distributed 31 assists which contributed to a 61.8 shooting percentage from the field, and the successful execution of 60 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. YU went 13-for-16 from the charity stripe.
Individually, junior forward Gabriel Leifer just fell short of a triple-double by scoring 25 points, bringing down 17 rebounds and dishing out nine assists. The Lawrence resident also blocked a pair of shots and forced just as many steals. Junior guard Simcha Halpert also scored 25 points, while clutching five boards and distributing three dimes. Freshman guard Ryan Turell produced 21 points, had a career-high nine assists and brought down six caroms.
For the game, freshman guard Jeffrey Owen scored 11 points with a pair of rebounds, while Katz added eight points, three assists and two boards. Senior forward Michael Hayon and fourth-year forward Tal Gweta each scored seven points, with the former grabbing five rebounds and the latter producing a pair of assists and just as many boards. Sophomore guard Eitan Halpert added five points, while junior forward Kevin Bokor had two dimes and a rebound. Junior guard Tyler Hod blocked a shot, grabbed a rebound and had an assist.
Yeshiva will return on Tuesday, January 22, with a Skyline game at the College at Old Westbury. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.