Yeshiva Suffers Setback Against Maritime College

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Yeshiva University men's basketball team suffered a Skyline Conference loss to Maritime College, 72-67, at the Max Stern Athletic Center on Tuesday evening. The Maccabees drop to 4-5 in Skyline play (5-7 overall), while the Privateers advance to 2-3 in the conference (4-4 overall).

Yeshiva had a seven-point lead with 9:50 remaining in regulation time, but Maritime went on a 10-2 run to take the lead, 60-59, and would eventually win the game.

Leading the way for the Maccabees was sophomore guard Simcha Halpert, who had a game-high 29 points with seven rebounds, two assists, a block, and a steal. Sophomore forward Bar Alluf added 19 points with nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Sophomore forward Daniel Katz scored 10 points, dished out a team-high five assists, brought down four caroms, blocked a shot, and forced a steal.

The Maccabees started the game off strong, as Katz nailed a jump shot to put YU up, 7-1, less than three minutes into the contest. Later in the half, Halpert drained a 3-point field goal to give the home team a commanding 22-12 advantage. Maritime quickly shifted momentum into its favor by going on its first 10-2 run of the game to slice Yeshiva's lead to 24-22, with 8:35 to go in the period.

Halpert would answer by drilling a shot from beyond the arc, while being fouled. He added the free throw to complete the four-point play and extend the Maccabees' lead to 28-22, with 7:49 remaining until intermission. After a layup by Alluf made it 32-27, in favor of Yeshiva, the Privateers went on an 11-2 run to take a 38-34 lead. The visiting team held the advantage for the remainder of the half, as both teams went into the locker rooms with the score 41-37 in favor of Maritime.

In the second stanza, Alluf nailed a 3-point field goal to cap off a 5-0 run by the Maccabees and tie the game, 46-46. After falling behind, 50-48, Yeshiva scored nine unanswered points to go up, 57-50, with 9:50 left in the second half. Halpert hit both a 3-pointer and a 2-point field goal to ignite Yeshiva's run. However, Maritime answered with another 10-2 run to take a 60-59 lead, with 7:02 left to play.

Katz would provide a lift for the Maccabees by converting a layup, while being fouled. He nailed the free throw to complete the traditional three-point play, and allow YU to regain the lead by a score of 62-60. After the Privateers scored the next four points, Alluf converted on a pair of shots from the charity stripe to even the game once again, with 4:09 remaining. From that point on, Maritime took complete control of the game by scoring five unanswered points to take a 69-64 lead with 1:48 remaining in regulation time. Yeshiva could not generate another run, as the Privateers were able to hit timely free throws to clinch the Skyline win.

For the Maccabees, sophomore guard Tyler Hod dished out four assists to go along with three points, two rebounds, one block, and two steals. Junior forward Tal Gweta added two points, brought down three caroms, distributed two assists, and blocked one shot. Junior guard Justin Hod scored two points of his own, with a dime and a board, while freshman guard Yoav Deutsch also scored two points with a rebound and a steal. Sophomore forward Kevin Bokor brought down three rebounds.

For Maritime, Brendan McGovern scored 22 points, while Patrick MacDonald and Michael Walker each added 18 points. The former grabbed 13 rebounds for the double-double.

The Maccabees will be back in action on Thursday, for a non-conference showdown against nationally-ranked No. 6 Ramapo College, at the Max Stern Athletic Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.