Cougars Drop to Mount Saint Vincent in NYU Tournament

Cougars Drop to Mount Saint Vincent in NYU Tournament

THE BASICS

-Score: Mount Saint Vincent 78, Clark University 74

-Records: Clark (1-2), Mount Saint Vincent (1-1)

-Location: Manhattan, N.Y. (Sportsplex) / NYU Tournament

-The Lead: The Clark University men's basketball team fell to the The College of Mount Saint Vincent Dolphins on Saturday afternoon in the third-place contest of the New York University men's basketball Tournament.

HOW IT HAPPENED                 

FIRST HALF

-The Dolphins got on the board first with two made free throws from Ammad Alkulaidi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) just 20 seconds into play. They extended their lead to 4-0 but the Cougars responded with a three pointer from senior John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.) and a good jump shot from freshman Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) to claim a 5-4 lead.

-Clark extended its run to 4-0 on back to back three-pointers from Davern and Luca McCormick (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) to extend their lead to 11-4 with 16:39 to play in the first half.

-The Cougars went up by 11 points with 12 minutes to go in the first as first year Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.) nailed a three and Davern swished another jumper (17-6). A Pisacreta three and a McCormick layup extended Clark's lead to as much as 12 before the break (33-21).

-Freshman Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) knocked down a layup at the buzzer to give the Cougars a 43-32 advantage heading into the halftime break.

SECOND HALF

-Just 19 seconds out of halftime Pisacreta stepped behind the arc and drained a three-pointer that put the Cougars up 46-32.

-With 15:50 to play a Davern three-pointer gave Clark a 15-point advantage and they were able to extend the lead to as much as 16 points and forced the Dolphins to call a timeout.

-Mount Saint Vincent came back to the court and went on a 4-0 run to close Clark's lead to 58-51 with 11 minutes to play and the Cougars called a timeout.

-Another 4-0 run from the Dolphins that was highlighted by a three-pointer from Matthew Sowah (Staten Isalnd, N.Y.) brought them within one with 3:37 to play.

-Jason Barrera (Elmsford, N.Y.) knocked down a three that was the equalizer with 2:13 on the clock (74-74). It was Alkhulaidi who drove to the hoop for two that gave Mount Saint Vincent the 76-74 advantage with under a minute to go.

-A couple missed opportunities by the Cougars and a layup for Mount Saint Vincent sealed the deal with the Dolphins taking home the 78-74 comeback victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

-McCormick led all players with 22 points on the day for the Cougars. Pisacreta added 15 points and four rebounds while Davern and Gayman each added 14 points in the setback.

-Clark shot 41.9% from field goal range while the Dolphins shot 53.6%.

-The Cougars forced the Dolphins to turn the ball over 20 times in the 40 minutes of play and converted 19 points off of those turnovers.

UP NEXT

-Clark hosts Anna Maria College on Tuesday, November 21 at 4:00 p.m. in non-conference action at the Kneller Athletic Center.