Men’s basketball pushes No.1 Yeshiva to the brink with late comeback in 93-86 loss

JERSEY CITY, NJ – For the first time in the program’s history, the University of New Jersey City men’s basketball team hosted the No. 1 team in all of NCAA Division III – according to the rankings most recent of the 25 best The Gothic Knights had an extremely tough fight, including an exciting late second-half comeback against the Maccabees on Wednesday night, December 15, at the John J. Moore (JMAC) Athletics and Fitness Center (JMAC), but YU finally took over. , 93-86. It was the NJCU’s second game against a No.1-ranked team this season and it’s the only team in the country to do so at this point in the season.

Jersey City (6-6) came into the evening on a three-game winning streak but unfortunately came up against the country’s longest active winning streak at all levels of college competition – now standing at 50 in a row – in the Maccabees (14-0). Not all was pessimistic for the Gothic Knights, however, as at one point Yeshiva was leading up to 24 points by the end of the first half, but NJCU gathered all the momentum he could – dragging by 23 with 12:08 remaining in the second – to narrow that gap to a four point advantage with just 1:29 remaining in regulation. The Gothic Knight loyalists, over 1,200, were loud and proud and let the best team in the country know about it. Despite that, it was as close as the Greens and Golds would get in the seven-point loss – the closest margin of victory for Yeshiva this season, and since February 21, 2021, when the Maccabees beat the University of Rochester. , 70-63.

The Gothic Knights had strong performances from several people on the night, led by junior Derryen Whyte (Irvington, NJ / Union) and senior Kayton Darley (North Bergen, NJ / North Bergen). Whyte ended the night with a career-high 27 points on 50.0 shots (9 of 18) and was 8 of 9 from the line, although he only played 28 minutes with four fouls. Darley finished the night with 13 points and a second Ryan Savoy (Lakewood, NJ / Lakewood) pulled down a game tied for 10 boards to go with nine points. Senior Denzel Banks (Newark, NJ / Campus East Orange) also scored nine points before committing a late foul and is just seven points less than 1,000 for his career.

Once again, however, these individual stats weren’t enough as the nation’s favorite for Male Player of the Year, 6-foot-7-inch Yeshiva senior goalkeeper Ryan Turell set a record. 41 points, 10 in his career. high of 51, which he scored earlier this season. Junior guard Ofek Reed was YU’s second leading scorer with 20.

How did it happen

Neither team was able to make it into the table early on, with NJCU taking the brief 2-0 lead at 6:26 pm following a bucket below Savoy. However, it was the Maccabees from then on for the remainder of the half as the visitors led by a high of 24-49-25 with 00:54 left in the first.

The Gothic Knights sank a Savoy free throw with 00:32 left and a junior layup Owen Roberts III (Teaneck, NJ / Dwight Morrow) at 12:17 am to reduce it to a game of 21 points. To start the second half, NJCU continued their brief early run, making it an 8-0 stretch with a three-point play – basket and foul – straight from Darley, then a lay-in from Whyte to reduce it to 16 less to less than a minute. Jersey City ended up having a 13-point game, 57-44 thanks to Darley’s jumper at 4:01 pm on his first comeback attempt. However, as mentioned, Yeshiva extended it to a 23-point, 71-48 game with just over 12 minutes to go.

From that point on, until the mark of 1:29 at the end of the second half, NJCU led Yeshiva 36-17, including 16 points during that stretch from Whyte. The Gothic Knights defense also cracked down on Turell, keeping the California dreamer to just six points during this span. First-year student Leon Lawson (Rahway, NJ / Rahway) also impacted the bench, grabbing five rebounds and six points – he finished with eight points and six boards in 14 minutes. Late in that race, Whyte scored nine straight goals for the NJCU to make it a four-point game, 88-84. However, the Maccabees went 5 of 6 from the line in the last minute of the game to claim the victory.


Jersey City will use the holiday break to recover from one of the toughest games in recent program history tonight before returning to action for New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game on New York. Year on Wednesday evening January 5. The Gothic Knights will hit the road in South Jersey for a game against Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since January 25, 2020, as the teachers withdrew from the 2020-21 season. NJCU has won back-to-back wins over Rowan, including a 28-point performance from Banks in this latest win against the Profs.

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