Coaches Versus Cancer TIp-Off: Connecticut College 94, Yeshiva University 88 OT Robinson Provides Key Blocked Shot to Lift Camels to Victory

Coaches Versus Cancer TIp-Off: Connecticut College 94, Yeshiva University 88 OT Robinson Provides Key Blocked Shot to Lift Camels to Victory

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Junior Isaiah Robinson (Lynn, Mass.) blocked a shot and collected a defensive rebound with 24 seconds in overtime to lift the Connecticut College men's basketball to a 94-88 victory against Yeshiva University on the second day of the Coaches Versus Cancer Tip-Off Tournament at Luce Field House. 

The Camels improved their record to 2-0, while the Maccabees slipped to 0-2 in the early season.

"We were really fortunate to win today," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "Yeshiva shot the ball so well that they really put a lot of pressure on us. Our team deserves credit for coming back in the second half and in the overtime and making some big plays down the stretch." 

Robinson finished with 13 points, six rebounds, a pair of assists and the critical rejection that sealed the victory. Senior Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.) posted a double-double for the Camels with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Both Robinson and Pavlin were recognized on the All-Tournament Team.

Junior Lee Messier (Narragansett, R.I.) poured in 16 points with seven rebounds in the win for the Camels while adding seven rebounds. Sophomores Tyler Rowe (East Hartford, Conn.) and David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) netted 14 points each. Rowe added six assists while Labossiere had six boards. 

Phil Leotsakos (Arlington, Mass.) reached double digits with 10 points and five boards off the bench.  The Camels dominated the backboards, holding a 51-to-30 edge on the glass.

Yeshiva University sophomore guard Judah Cohen (Englewood, N.J.) and senior Dean Pienica (Tel Aviv, Israel) netted 18 points each in the setback. Cohen was honored on the All-Tournament Team for the Mighty Macs. Simcha Halpert (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished with 15 points and six boards in the contest. Tal Gweta (Calabassas, Calif.) added 13 points in a 5-for-5 shooting effort. 

Michael Berg (New York, N.Y.) had nine points and 10 rebounds in the contest.

Berg vaulted the Maccabees out to an 83-79 advantage when he converted down on the block with 2:38 remaining. But Rowe was able to convert on a nice move with 1:25 to go to trim the deficit to 83-81.  Labossiere drew a foul with 53 seconds left and knocked down two free throws to make it an 83-83 game. 

Pienica dialed up a three ball in the opening moments of the overtime to provide the Macs with an 86-83 edge but Leotsakos answered back with a triple of his own to tie the game with 4:41 remaining. The teams would exchange buckets one more time before Rowe put in a 16 footer from the right side with 43 seconds left to make it a 90-88 Camel lead. Pienica drove to the paint on the ensuing possession but Robinson swatted away the shot and pounced on the loose ball. Robinson scored the final four points of the contest on the foul line to put the game away.

In the second half of the double header, the Coast Guard (2-1) knocked off the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (0-3) in an 85-66 triumph. 

Freshman Sean Graytok (Greensburg, Pa.) poured in 25 points (9-for-10 shooting) while adding seven rebounds to lead the Bears in the victory. Graytok was named to the All-Tournament Team. Pat Witkowski (Melrose, Mass.) chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds in the win. Max Lampe (Gettysburg, Pa.) added 13 points and five boards for the Bears.

MCLA junior Nolan Bird (Clarksburg, Vt.) had 19 points and nine rebounds in the loss. He was honored on the All-Tournament Team. Junior Keiland Cross (Pittsfield, Mass.) added 18 points and nine boards. Joe Wiggins (Pittsfield, Mass.) finished with 13 points for the Trailblazers. 

Thanks to all who attended this weekend's tournament to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer!  The Coaches vs. Cancer program unites the American Cancer Society with our coaches in the fight against cancer. Donations made at this weekend's games will go directly to the lifesaving efforts of the American Cancer Society to fund research, provide free programs for people with cancer and their caregivers, advocate for better cancer screenings and treatment, and provide education and information for all those who seek it. We thank you for your contribution and generosity. Thank you to all the fans for coming out to support the cause!

Coaches Versus Cancer Tip Off Tournament Results

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Coast Guard

Connecticut College 95, MCLA 55

Coast Guard 85 Yeshiva University 75


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Connecticut College 94, Yeshiva University 88 OT

Coast Guard 85, MCLA 66


All-Tournament Team

Zuri Pavlin Connecticut College

Isaiah Robinson Connecticut College

Sean Graytok Coast Guard

Nolan Bird MCLA

Judah Cohen Yeshiva University