BROOKLYN, N.Y. - November 15, 2018 - The Pratt Institute men's basketball team produced the most points in the head coach Max Sass era, when they scored 106 points to storm past The New School, 106-55, Thursday evening in the Pratt ARC.
Pratt is now 1-1, while the loss sends the Narwhals' record to 0-1.
Thursday night's game was Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night, hosted by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. All Pratt faculty and staff in attendance were recognized prior to tip-off for their contributions to the betterment of the student-athlete experience.
Pratt's offense put on quite the show for those faculty and staff, and the rest of those at the ARC, as the Cannoneers shot 38-for-69 (55.1%), totaled 27 assists, and drilled 17 three-pointers in the game. Pratt finished the game with all eight student-athletes scoring five points or more, led by Griffin Levine's (Dallas, Tex.) 29 points. Akil Philip (Queens, N.Y.) scored 23 points and grabbed 12 boards for his first double-double of the season, while Hamza Hamdeh (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored a career-high 17 points, including a career-high five three-pointers.
It marked the first time that Pratt has eclipsed the 100-point plateau since totaling 104 points in a win over the Culinary Institute of America on November 12, 2016.
The Cannoneers connected on their first three shots of the game to jump out to an 8-0 lead at the 18:40 mark after Tytus Millikan (Winnemucca, Nev.) cashed in on a trifecta. The Narwhals would hit a three-pointer with 17:38 on the clock, only to have another triple by Hamdeh at the 16:25 mark to give Pratt a 13-5 cushion. A three-pointer from Eric Jeon (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) followed by a layup from Philip at 8:10 in the first half pushed the lead to 31-19. The opening period would end on a Cannoneer 12-3 run, punctuated by a triple from Devin Dzierba (Clarence, N.Y.) with under 30 seconds remaining.
Pratt shot 54.5% from the floor and forced the visitors into nine turnovers in the first 20 minutes of play.
The second half would begin with Levine pouring in eight of the Cannoneer's first 14 points as the Pratt lead grew to 68-32. Hamza drilled Pratt''s 15th three-pointer 3:25 remaining to give the hosts a 100-47 lead, and hit another three on the next possession as well. Philip closed out the scoring for Pratt by nailing his third three of the game with 2:14 to go.
Up Next: Pratt will continue its five-game home stand, and will take on the Rhode Island School of Design, Saturday, November 17, at 3:00 PM as part of the inaugural S.J. Picariello Tip-Off Classic, where the men's basketball program will be honoring the legendary basketball coach, and all alumni of the program. For more information on the Classic, check out GoPrattGo on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or email the Sports Information Coordinator, Ben Diamond (email@example.com).