BROOKLYN – The Pratt Cannoneers turned a 16-point deficit into a one possession game before dropping their non-conference home contest against Touro College, 66-61, on Tuesday evening in the ARC.
"Each close game we play is a great learning experience for our team," said head coach Max Sass. "Each game we get better at finding a level of consistency in the second half and down the stretch and the progress is evident. Tonight, Touro did a good job making plays down the stretch, but we feel great about how we played and moving forward."
Touro was paced by Shmuel Bitton's 19 point, 16 rebound, four block effort.
After a tightly-contested first half, Touro was able to capitalize on Pratt miscues to build a 55-39 lead with 9:19 remaining in the game. In despite need of some offense, Yaglenski and Hamza Hamdeh connected on consecutive threes to ignite the Cannoneers on a 10-0 run that brought the game to six points, 55-49. Touro's Bitton would respond with a pair of jumpers that restored the Tornados 10-point cushion. Four quick Yaglenski points – a midrange jumper and a pair of free throws – got Pratt within three points with less than a minute remaining. However, Touro would convert five free throws in the game's final 30 seconds to escape with the 66-61 victory.
UP NEXT – The Cannoneers face the Hawks of Cooper Union on Friday, February 9 in non-conference play. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00pm.