NYU Defeats Case Western 94-73

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Hakeem Harris poured in a career- and game-high 32 points for his sixth 20-plus-point performance in University Athletic Association (UAA) play en route to the New York University men's basketball team's 94-73 victory over Case Western Reserve University on Friday night, February 13, at the Jerome S. Coles Sports Center in Manhattan.
Harris began the game with two three-point plays – drives to the basket for the layups followed by made free throws – and never looked back. The junior guard started the contest 6-of-6 from the floor to finish 13-of-18 overall.
"Hakeem is an aggressive scorer, and when he gets going he's tough to stop," said NYU Senior Assistant Coach John Pelin. "It's just fun to watch him."
In addition to Harris, the Violets (15-6, 6-4 UAA) also saw three other players score in double figures against the Spartans (14-7, 5-5 UAA).
Patrick Burns had his best scoring performance of the season, notching 13 of his career-high 15 points in the second half. The junior forward added three rebounds and a steal.
"Patrick always brings toughness and energy," continued Pelin. "He plays hard and sometimes he fouls too much, but we love his aggressiveness. Tonight he was able to get to the basket and make some plays."
Evan Kupferberg notched his 11th double-double of the season and 20th of his career, scoring 15 points to go along with 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal. Ross Udine rounded out the Violets to score in double figures, chipping in 13 points on 5-of-6 from the floor in a team-high 31 minutes. The freshman point guard also dished out a game-best six helpers.
Despite the statistics, it wasn't an easy victory for NYU. The Violets began the contest by jumping out to a 22-6 lead over the Spartans. Case Western Reserve eventually trimmed NYU's lead to three, 32-29, with 3:47 left in the first half, leading to a score of 39-34 NYU at the break.
Once the second half began, CWRU was able to trim the lead to just one, 41-40, with just over a minute gone by. The Spartans were able to keep pace with the Violets for the next few minutes before NYU finally took control en route to its 21-point victory.
"We had a rough patch there," Pelin said. "We called a timeout and everyone came out of the timeout focused and with energy, and we were able to build a lead back up and keep it going."
Beginning with Burns' steal at the 8:43 mark in the second half, which led to his own fast-break lay-in and foul shot, the Violets went on a 26-10. They stretched their lead to a game-high 25 points, 92-67, onIyoha Agho's lay-in with 2:51 remaining.
Costis Gontikas pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. The junior center also chipped in nine points, one assist and a block.
- NYU outscored Case Western Reserve 54-26 in points in the paint. The Violets also outrebounded the Spartans 42-30.
"We needed to be more physical," Pelin said. "They took it to us pretty good when we were in Cleveland. They outrebounded us and beat us up inside, which is something that not a lot of teams can do. Our big focus tonight was to dominate inside, attack the glass and play inside-out, which we were able to do."
- With the victory, NYU is now tied for second place with Emory University in the ultra-competitive UAA. Both teams are 6-4, but the Violets swept the season series.
NYU will return to the court when it hosts Carnegie Mellon University on Faculty Family Day at Coles on Sunday afternoon, February 15. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:00 pm and live stats and live video will be available.