New York, NY –The Sage College's men's basketball team travelled to Yeshiva University for the squad's Skyline Conference opener. The Gators posted an 82-53 win as senior tri-captain Kai Deans (Miami, FL/Monsignor Pace) poured in a personal-best 29 points with 11 rebounds. Sage improves to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the league, while Yeshiva drops to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the league.
Deans, who is the reigning Skyline Conference Co-Player of the Week, surpassed his previous career high of 28 points after he hit a blistering 10-14 from the floor and 9-10 from the line. He added 11 boards in 24 minutes of action. Joining him in double-digit scoring was junior Jorrdan McCray (Orlando, FL/Wekiva) as he finished with 18 points and shot 8-16 from the floor.
Among the many highlights for the team on Tuesday night, senior center and team tri-captain Jacob Sopchak (Rhinebeck, NY/Rhinebeck) broke the career record for most blocks with his three in the victory. He bettered the record of 76 set by Ryan Sager (2010-2013) and now has 78 career blocks.
Sage led 38-26 at the break and for the game hit an impressive 48.6% from the floor. The Gators shot 56.3% in the first half (18-32), as Deans had 13 points at the break.
Sage returns to action on December 6 hosting Farmingdale State College at 2 p.m. in Kahl Gym in the team's Skyline Conference home opener.