BROOKLYN – The Cannoneers of Pratt Institute used a suffocating defense, forcing 18 turnovers to down Webb Institute 61-43 in non-conference play in the ARC. The result brings Pratt's overall record to 3-2 on the season.
"I was really pleased with our defense this evening," said head coach Max Sass. "Holding them to under 30-percent from the field is a testament to our team and our principles of that we preach when it comes to our defensive efforts."
The Flyers were held to just 28-percent (18-64) shooting, including 4-20 from behind-the-arc, while Pratt shot 43-percent (25-58) from the floor.
After finding themselves in an early deficit, trailing 6-2, Adam Blufarb's layup ignited an 18-0 Cannoneers run that broke the game wide open. Layups by Akil Philip and Andrew Yaglenski increased Pratt's lead to 30-14, forcing a Webb timeout.
When play resumed, the Flyers would hit a pair of jumpers in an attempt to cut into the Cannoneers lead. However, an Eric Xue 3-pointed extended the lead to 18 as Pratt headed into the locker room with a comfortable 40-22 advantage.
The Pratt momentum would carry into the second half, as five Webb Insitiute turnovers resulted in a 12-0 Cannoneers run, increasing their lead to 30, 52-22, with just over 13 minutes remaining. Pratt would control the tempo the rest of the way en route to the victory.
For the Cannoneers, Forward Akil Philip posted his fourth double-double in five game, scoring 17 points and grabbing 16 rebounds and rejecting two shots.
Afterwards, coach Sass praised the sophomore's efforts.
"Akil brings this amazing energy and hype to the game, and the way he performed, especially rebounding, was very, very impressive."
UP NEXT – The Cannoneers continue their home stand by welcoming the Lions of King's College to the ARC in a non-conference matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30pm.