Pratt battles back before falling to Touro 66-61

Pratt battles back before falling to Touro 66-61

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."

Pratt was led by Andrew Yaglenski who tallied 31 points on 10-of-24 shooting, including five 3-pointers. Vishal Vanka added 13 points and Akil Philip grabbed 16 rebounds in defeat.

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.