First half miscues prove costly as Pratt falls to Touro

First half miscues prove costly as Pratt falls to Touro

BROOKLYN – The Pratt Institute men's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Touro team Tuesday night as the Tornadoes earned a 74-52 over the Cannoneers at the ARC.

Touro shot 49.2 percent (32-69) from the field, led by Shmuel Bitton's 32-point, 17-rebound evening.

Pratt connected on 33.3 percent (18-54) of its attempts from the field, but committed 21 turnovers and were outrebounded by a 47-26 margin. Andrew Yaglenski paced the Cannoneers with 16 points, while Akil Philip posted his third double-double of the season, grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with 15 points.

Following an Andrew Yaglenski jumper that tied the score at 17-17, Touro would go on a 15-6 run, extending their lead to 32-23. An Akil Philip layup cut the Tornado lead to seven, 32-25, with just under four minutes to play in the opening stanza. Touro would open up a 14-point cushion, as Pratt shot 1-for-5 for the remainder of the half, including committing three costly turnovers, which led to a 42-28 deficit.

It seemed as though Touro had an answer to everything Pratt threw at it in the second half as each Cannoneers basket was matched at the other end. That was until Vishal Vanka found a streaking Yaglenski, who converted the and-1 to pull the Cannoneers within 11, 48-37. Pratt would battle down the stretch but get no closer, as Touro emerged the victors with the 74-52 decision.

Following the conclusion of the Cannoneers' most difficult stretch in the schedule, four games in six days, head coach Max Sass commented on his team's efforts.

"Tonight was a challenge from the tip with three starters out, but even with limited depth, we battled a quality Touro tem for 40 minutes. We had a tough stretch at the end of the first half that left us chasing the game the rest of the way, but I'm so grateful for the passion and energy my guys played with tonight."

UP NEXT – The Cannoneers return to the ARC on Tuesday, November 28 against Webb Institute. A 7:30 pm tipoff is scheduled.