Yeshiva University Men's Basketball Team Falls to Connecticut College in Overtime

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NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Yeshiva University men's basketball team suffered an overtime loss to Connecticut College, 94-88, in the second day of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-off Classic on Sunday afternoon. Yeshiva drops to 1-2 to start the season.

The Maccabees started the game off strong, as a pair of free throws by senior forward Michael Berg gave Yeshiva a five-point lead, 22-17, with 12:11 remaining in the opening half. Less than two minutes later, sophomore guard Judah Cohen drained a three-point field goal to extend the visiting team's lead to 27-20. The Camels (2-0) would completely shift momentum into their favor by going on a 16-3 run to take a 36-30 advantage with 5:40 remaining in the period. Both teams went into the half with Connecticut up, 49-41.

In the second half, the Camels led by as many as ten, but the Maccabees would not go down without a fight. A three-point field goal by senior guard Jordan Hod sparked a 15-1 run for Yeshiva, capped off by layup from sophomore forward Tal Gweta to give the Blue and White a 58-44 advantage with 12:04 remaining in regulation time. Connecticut surged to a 62-61 lead, but a three-point field goal by senior forward Dean Pienica put Yeshiva back in front.

Later in the stanza, the Camels regained the lead 79-78. Freshman forward Bar Alluf drained a shot from downtown to put Yeshiva back in front with 3:36 remaining. On Yeshiva's next possession, Berg laid the ball up and in to extend the Maccabees' lead to 83-79 with 2:38 left. Connecticut scored the last four points of regulation to tie the game, and both teams would head to overtime.

Yeshiva started the extra session strong, as Cohen stole the ball and fed it to Pienica, who drilled a three-pointer to give Yeshiva an 86-83 lead. After the home team tied it, Pienica nailed a jump shot to put the Maccabees back in front, 88-86, with 3:33 left. Connecticut College would then take complete control of the contest by scoring the last eight points to win the game, 94-88.

For the afternoon, Cohen and Pienica each produced a game-high 18 points, with the former forcing four steals and the latter grabbing five boards. Freshman guard Simcha Halpert added 15 points with six rebounds. Hod just missed a double-double with nine points and a team-high ten rebounds, while dishing out a game-high nine assists with two steals and one block. Gweta scored 13 points, while Hod dished out seven assists.

Yeshiva will conclude its season-opening four-game road trip on Tuesday, with a non-conference game at the College of Staten Island, beginning at 8:00 p.m.