BRONXVILLE, NY – Senior Ari Grant tallied his fourth double-double in as many games with 12 points and 12 rebounds, but Pratt Institute men's basketball was unable to overcome a 13-0 run wrapped around halftime, and fell to Sarah Lawrence College, 100-71, in non-conference action Friday.
Freshman Vishal Vanka led the Cannoneers with 17 points and Bubby Verrnon added 15 points off the bench, but Sarah Lawrence held leading scorer Andrew Yaglesnki to just eight points in evening its record at 3-3. The Cannoneers dropped their second straight to fall to 2-2.
Malin Segal led all players with 29 points off the bench on 9-of-16 shooting. Gabriel Eng added 24, including 15 on three-point shots alone. Eng also made all seven of his free throw attempts as Sarah Lawrence reached the 100-point plateau for the first time in school history.
Despite the teams nearly shooting an identical margin from the field, the key statistic proved to be turnovers and points generated from them. Sarah Lawrence committed 17 turnovers leading to just 22 points for the Cannoneers, while Pratt coughed up the basketball on 27 occasions, leading to 40 points for the Gryphons.
After the teams traded baskets for the game's first five minutes, Sarah Lawrence opened up a six-point lead on back-to-back three-pointers by Eng and Joseph Kleeman. Yaglesnki would answer for the Cannoneers and the teams would again continue to trade baskets until the 7:26 mark, when a Vanka three sparked a 9-0 run for Pratt that opened the Cannoneers' largest lead of the evening at 27-23. Sarah Lawrence answered with a six-point run of its own to reclaim the lead at 29-27.
The teams would continue to alternate baskets until Khari Jones converted a layup to knot the score at 36, with 1:35 to play in the first half.
After Jones' game-tying basket, Eng would score the frame's final eight points, draining a pair of three-pointers and a pair of free throws to give Sarah Lawrence a 44-36 edge at the intermission. When play resumed, the Gryphons scored the first five points of the second half to open a 49-36 lead.
Yaglenski would sink his only three of the game to draw Pratt to within 10, but Sarah Lawrence would take advantage of a cold stretch by the Cannoneers to score the next 18 points to open a 67-39, putting the game out of reach.
Up Next: The Cannoneers open a two-game homestand on Friday, Dec. 9 by welcoming Cooper Union to the ARC in a non-conference matchup. Pratt fell to Cooper Union, 51-49, on Dec. 4, 2015. Tip-off scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and live stats and video are available at GoPrattGo.com.