Ramapo's 3-Pointer at the Buzzer Downs Yeshiva

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MAHWAH, N.J. – The Yeshiva University men's basketball team suffered its second consecutive heartbreaking loss, this time to Ramapo College by a score of 72-69, at the Bradley Center on Wednesday evening.

Junior guard Rob Mcwilliams drained a 3-point field goal at the buzzer to break the 69-69 tie and give the 2018 NCAA Final Four participants the non-conference win. Yeshiva led by as many as nine in the second half but could not hang on.

Leading the way for the Maccabees in scoring was freshman guard Ryan Turell, who produced 25 points, shooting 9-13 from the field, while grabbing four rebounds and collecting three steals. Junior forward Gabriel Leifer produced a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. The second-year player also distributed four assists and forced three steals.

Yeshiva got off to a strong start, as a successful jump shot by Turell gave Yeshiva an early 14-5 advantage. Later in the half, Leifer converted a layup while drawing a foul. He hit the free throw to complete the traditional three-point play and put YU up, 23-18, with 9:30 remaining until the break. On the next possession, Leifer forced a steal and found Turell, who performed a layup off a fast break to extend the Macs' lead to seven.

After the Roadrunners pulled to within one, Yeshiva countered with seven unanswered points, capped off by Turell's jumper, to give the Maccabees a 32-24 benefit with 5:01 remaining in the opening half. With less than three minutes to go in the period, a layup by sophomore guard Eitan Halpert gave Yeshiva its biggest lead of the game, 36-27. The two teams went into the intermission with Yeshiva up, 40-33.

Ramapo scored seven unanswered points in the early stages of the second half to pull within two, at 42-40. Halpert temporarily ended the home team's momentum by drilling a 3-point field goal to extend the visiting team's lead to five. However, the Roadrunners would generate another run, scoring nine of the game's next 10 points in a span of 3:05, to take a 49-46 lead with 11:42 left to play in regulation time.

The Maccabees countered with a run of their own, as a 3-pointer by Turell capped off a 10-0 run to give the visiting team a 56-49 advantage with 9:11 to go. Later in the second period, Leifer successfully executed a layup to equal Yeshiva's largest lead of the game, 60-51, with 6:47 remaining.

Ramapo once again battled back, producing a 10-2 run to narrow YU's lead to 62-61, with 3:04 left in regulation. Turell converted two shots from the charity stripe to enlarge the Macs' lead to 64-61.

With 1:26 remaining, Halpert connected on a jump shot in the paint to extend Yeshiva's lead to four, at 66-62. After a pair of free throws pulled the home team to within two, Connor Romano forced a steal and Rob Lewis took advantage by laying the ball up and in to tie the game up, 66-66, with 43 ticks left on the clock.  

Junior forward Daniel Katz drew a foul on the next possession to send him to the line. He successfully converted one out of the two shots from the charity stripe, to give Yeshiva a narrow 67-66 lead with 26 seconds to go.

Yeshiva prevented Ramapo from scoring on the next possession and got the ball back. Halpert was intentionally fouled and then nailed both shots from the line to increase Yeshiva's lead to 69-66, with 11 seconds to go.

Ramapo had one last chance to tie it. Kashaun Barnes took a feed from Romano and launched a 3-point shot that went through the net, knotting the game, 69-69, with five seconds to go.

Mcwilliams of Rampao intercepted the inbounds pass with one second left to give the home team a chance to win. After a timeout, Mcwilliams received the pass in the corner from Romano and launched the ball into the basket from beyond the arc at the buzzer, to clinch the come-from-behind win for the defending New Jersey Athletic Conference champions.

For the game, freshman guard Daniel Tzion produced 14 points and clutched five boards. Halpert added 12 points, dished out five dimes, and brought down three caroms. Freshman guard Jeffrey Owen and senior forward Michael Hayon chipped in with two points, with the latter adding a rebound. Katz tied a team-high with five assists and brought down three boards. Senior guard Tal Gweta forced a steal, blocked a shot, had an assist, and grabbed a rebound, while junior forward Kevin Bokor forced a steal.

For Ramapo, Mcwilliams led all players with 26 points, 15 rebounds, and eight steals.  

Yeshiva will begin Skyline play on Tuesday against Sarah Lawrence College, in the first game of the season at the Max Stern Athletic Center, beginning at 8:00 p.m. It will be the Night of Champions, as all three YU programs that won the Skyline championship and competed in the NCAA tournament during the 2017-18 season (women's tennis, men's basketball, and men's tennis) will be honored with a ceremony. More details will be announced within the next couple of days.