Men's Basketball Holds Off King's College, 68-64

Men's Basketball Holds Off King's College, 68-64

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - November 29, 2018 - Behind 24 points from first-year guard Griffin Levine (Dallas, Tex.), the Pratt Institute men's basketball team pulled off a 68-64 win over King's College (NY) on Thursday evening at the Hill Center in Clinton Hill.

King's falls to 0-3 overall, while Pratt is now 4-2 on the year. The Cannoneers shot 26-of-66 (39.4%) in the victory, while they held the Lions to just 19-of-61 (31.1%) shooting on the night, including just 8-for-30 from the field in the first half. Pratt also held a narrow 46-43 advantage on the glass over 40 minutes of play.

Levine led all players with 24 points, and also grabbed 8 boards, and handed out 4 assists, marking the fourth game this season where he has eclipsed the 20-point mark. Bubby Vernon (Boulder, Col.) netted 16 points to go along with five steals, Akil Philip (Queens, N.Y.) notched 11 points, 11 boards and four assists, and Tytus Millikan (Winnemucca, Nev.) pumped in seven points and six assists.

Leading the Lions was Tyler Bowens and Jordan Bishop, who both netted 20 points, while Benjamin Borchelt chipped in 18 points.

After a slow start for the Cannoneers, Vernon banged home a three pointer, and Millikan finished a layup to give Pratt a 21-17 lead with 8:06 left in the first half, but King's quickly answered with a 6-0 run to make it 23-21, Lions, with 4:04 to play in the first half, forcing head coach Max Sass to call a timeout. WIth 3:13 left on the clock, the Cannoneers regained the lead with a big three-point jumper from Eric Jeon (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.), before Levine knocked down another triple to give Pratt a 27-25 lead with 1:38 remaining. King's Bishop would finish a layup to tie the score heading into halftime.

Following back-to-back three's from Levine and Vernon, and a layup by Levine, the Cannoneers took a commanding 42-33 lead, forcing King's to call a timeout just 4:26 into the second half. The Lions clawed their way back into the game, making it a three point game, after Borchelt splashed home a three pointer, with 11:01 left in the second half. Philip responded with a jumper at 10:41 to push the Pratt lead back to five, 48-43. A trio of shots from Vernon, a mid-range shot and two threes, would extend the Cannoneers' lead to 62-53, with 4:05 remaining. Down the stretch, Levine and Philip made key free throws to seal the 68-64 win.

Up Next: Pratt Institute will return home to host New Rochelle on Tuesday, December 4th at 8 p.m. in the ARC.