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Balanced Attack Sends Macs Past John Jay, 93-82

(Chapman Left, Piekaerski right, Immaculata)

IMMACULATA, Pa. - The Immaculata men's basketball team picked up its third-straight victory Saturday afternoon over visiting John Jay, 93-82, in the first-ever Coaches vs. Cancer CSAC/CUNY Challenge. The Macs were fueled by five players in double figures - led by Mike Piekarski's (St elizabeths) 21 points - and forced 14 John Jay turnovers to close out non-conference play for the 2017-18 season.

Brandon McCullough and Jordan Ambrose contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Will Chapman  (Concord) pitched in nine of his own to go along with a game-high five steals.

HOW IT HAPPENED
-Immaculata and John Jay were locked into a tightly-contested, back-and-forth battle to begin the afternoon, as neither team could create a formidable lead early. Jordan Ambrose's three with just over nine minutes left in the opening half gave the Macs a seven-point lead, but John Jay stormed back with an 8-0 run to take a 21-20 lead with seven to go.
-As the two sides traded the lead three times in the next four minutes, Jeffrey Powell-Young's lay-in in the paint bumped the IU advantage back up to three before the Bloodhounds shaved it to one just before the end of the half.
-The Macs stormed out the gates in the second half, ripping off a 13-4 run to stretch their lead to a game-high ten capped off by another Ambrose three-ball.
-IU forced eight of its 13 steals in the second half alone, as Will Chapman (Concord) led the way with all five of his coming in the second half.
-After Bloodhounds erased yet another deficit to make it a three-point game, Piekarski, Matt Krewson, Asa Kitchen and Cordell Lord each knocked down jumpers to create a 13-point cushion with just over two minutes to play.
-The Macs' 93 points is tied for the second-highest total on the season, while also putting together their best second-half shooting performance on the year (67.7%) to improve to 11-9 overall.

KEY TEAM STATS
-The Macs shot an impressive 33-of-63 (52.4%) from the field, including a 21-of-31 (67.7%) effort in the second half alone.
-IU was 12-of-28 (42.9%) from beyond the arc, while John Jay finished the day at 9-of-24 (37.5%).
-The Bloodhounds held a slight advantage on the boards, 35-31.
-The Macs caused 14 turnovers on the defensive end, turning those into 18 points.
-IU had 13 steals on the afternoon, compared to only three for John Jay.
-John Jay was more efficient from the free throw line at 13-of-15 (86.7%), compared to Immaculata's mark of 15-of-22 (68.2%).

KEY INDIVIDUAL STATS
-IU Point Leaders: Piekarski 21, McCullough 14, Ambrose 13, Kitchen 11, Krewson 10
-IU Rebound Leaders: Piekarski 5, Three others with four
-IU Assist Leaders: Chapman 9, Piekarski 5

UP NEXT
Immaculata (11-9, 7-6 CSAC) returns to action Monday for a stretch of three games in six days - all at Alumnae Hall - beginning Monday night against Clarks Summit at 7 p.m.


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