The No. 21 Yeshiva University men’s basketball team knocked off defending Skyline Conference champion Farmingdale State College, 98-71, at the Max Stern Athletic Center on Saturday evening. The Maccabees (22-1) have now won a program-record 22 straight games and remain unbeaten in league play (14-0). The Rams drop to 12-11 overall and 8-6 against conference competition.
History was made for the Maccabees as second-year guard Ryan Turell became the first sophomore in school history to reach the 1,000-career point plateau. The Los Angeles native is also the fastest player in the program’s 89-year history to achieve the milestone, at 47 games played in his young career.
Turell clinched the 1,000-point mark with 12:17 to go in the opening half, as he received the ball from senior forward Gabriel Leifer and drained a 3-point field goal that gave the Maccabees a 21-13 advantage.
“Ryan is a special player and a special person,” Yeshiva University Head Coach Elliot Steinmetz said. “His selflessness on the court and ability to make his teammates better is just awesome. The fact that he can score the way he does is just a bonus to his overall game.”
For the game, Turell netted 24 points and brought down four rebounds. Senior guard Simcha Halpert generated 22 points, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arc in the process, while bringing down four caroms. Leifer had a solid game with nine points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Ofek Reef tallied 13 points with two assists, while junior forward Caleb Milobsky added 10 points, five rebounds, and a pair of assists.
As a team, Yeshiva shot 58.7% from the field and 54.2% from 3-point range.
The Maccabees led the game from wire-to-wire as two 3-point field goals by Simcha Halpert highlighted an 8-2 run by YU to start the game. The Blue and White closed out the first half on a strong note, scoring the stanza’s last nine points. Turell began the run with a layup, and junior guard Eitan Halpert capped it off with a pair of free throws with 46 ticks left on the clock to give the Macs a 48-28 hold at the intermission.
Yeshiva inflated its lead throughout the early stages of the second half, as Reef excited the crowd by taking a feed from Milobsky and converting a slam dunk to give his team a 78-42 advantage, with 10:24 left to play. Yeshiva led by as many as 39, before securing the victory by a score of 98-71.
“Really good defensive effort by our guys,” Steinmetz said. “Nice to see our shots falling and picking up a big conference win.”
For Yeshiva, seniors Daniel Katz and Bar Alluf each scored six points, with the former grabbing four rebounds and dishing out just as many assists, and the latter tallying three boards and three assists.