Brooklyn, NY - Five minutes into Monday night's Skyline Conference game against Yeshiva University, the NYU-Poly men's basketball team found itself in a familiar position. Down 10-1 and having missed their first six shots of the game, the NYU-Poly men's basketball team appeared headed for it's fifth straight loss. But, then it began raining threes, as the Jays finished the night shooting 9-for-18 from behind the arc.
The money ball helped the Jays during a 15-3 run first half run that helped them erase a nine point deficit and aided in a 28-19 halftime leade. Then, NYU-Poly (4-12, 2-9 Skyline) added a 12-3 run in the second half to pull ahead and never looked back. Junior Anthony Mattola (Brooklyn, NY) led NYU-Poly with a game-high 17 points which included a pair of downtown shots in the Jays first-half run. But, sophomore guard Eddie Ortiz (Brooklyn, NY) proved the difference maker as he pumped in 15 points, which included a 4-for-5 performance from behind the arc.
Ortiz's long range shooting ended a Yeshiva (6-9, 5-6 Skyline) comeback when Maccabee guard Martin Leiovich hit a jumper to cut the lead to 45-35 with just under 10 minutes to play. Ortiz answered with two three pointers, surrounded by a three from freshmen guard Myles Hinchcliffe (Flower Mound, TX) to seal the victory for NYU-Poly.
Leibovich led Yeshiva earning a double-double with 16 points and 12 boards. Hinchcliffe paced NYU-Poly with 10 points and three steals.
NYU-Poly returns to action Wednesday night as they travel to Long Island for a second-cycle match with St. Joseph's. NYU-Poly lost to the Golden Eagles 72-60 in the first meeting. St. Joseph's currently sits tied for third in the Skyline, while NYU-Poly is in 10th.