Brooklyn Outlasts CCNY, 66-61; Extends Win Streak to Six

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Brooklyn, NY --- Sophomore Nicholas Grasso had a career game scoring 12 points, to go along with 18 rebounds for his first career double-double, as the Brooklyn College Men's Basketball team extended its win streak to six straight on Tuesday night with a 66-61 victory against the Beavers of the City College of New York (CCNY) in City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) action.

For Grasso, his 12 points led the Bulldogs in scoring and totaled a new career-high; while his game-best 18 rebounds also set a new career benchmark.

With the win, BC moves to 11-12 overall on the season and more importantly evens its CUNYAC record to 7-7 as the Bulldogs remain in the hunt for home court advantage in the upcoming conference championships. CCNY drops to 7-15 overall and 3-10 in the conference.

Brooklyn also avenges a loss to CCNY earlier this season, as the Beavers got the better of the Bulldogs, 92-85, back on January 17th at Nat Holman Gymnasium.

The game saw nine lead changes and five ties as both teams battled back-and-forth throughout the night.

Following a layup from junior Valon Djombalic that tied the game at 23 all with 7:24 left before the intermission break, the Beavers seized full control jetting out on a 12-0 run to go up 35-23 at the 3:57 mark. Brooklyn would battle back and get to within five, 40-35, at halftime, as the Bulldogs closed out the half on a 9-2 run after being down 38-26.

BC would start off the second half the way it ended the first, as the Bulldogs continued their solid play scoring the first five points of the period to tie the game at 40-40 with 16:36 remaining in the game.

From that point forward, both teams continued to exchange baskets as the outcome looked to come down to the final minutes.

After a bucket from Jordan Ortega that put the visitors back up by one, 48-47, with 10:11 on the clock; the Bulldogs used a quick 6-0 spurt to gain some separation and go up, 53-48, at the 7:44 mark. Djombalic, Grasso and junior Jai Kellman all contributed to the run.

The Beavers would be unable to recover from that run, as Brooklyn would hold off CCNY the rest of the way, leading by as many as eight on two occasions before gutting out a hard, fought 66-61 victory.

Djombalic and sophomore Jamel Gist finished the night with 10 points apiece, while sophomore Egzon Gjonbalaj netted 11 points. Freshman Harry Hazan dished out seven assists, to go along with six points.

For CCNY, Taylor Lareik and Brandon Reeves each poured in 16 points, while Nathan Lopez added 10 points. Ortega grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

For the game, BC shot 38.8% (26-for-67) from the field, including 32.0% (8-for-25) from three. The Bulldogs also shot 60.0% (6-for-10) from the free throw line.

The Beavers shot 39.7% (23-for-58) from the field and 26.1% (6-for-23) from beyond the arc. CCNY shot an even 50.0% (9-for-18) from the charity stripe.

Brooklyn led CCNY 18-13 in points off of turnovers and also outscored the Beavers 32-26 in the paint.

BC will look to continue its winning streak on Saturday, February 15th, as the Bulldogs will welcome the Cardinals of York College to the West Quad Center for another key CUNYAC meeting. The game is scheduled for a 2:45 pm tip. Brooklyn is currently in fourth place in the league standings, while the Cardinals are in second.

Brooklyn will look to even the season series against York, as the Cardinals defeated the Bulldogs, 107-93, back on December 10th in Jamaica, NY.