The City College of New York Beavers took on the College of Mount Saint Vincent on Wednesday night at Peter Jay Sharp Center. Beavers and Dolphins matchup showed us that Division Three schools deserve to get more love and attention. Division three games need to be televised on platforms like ESPN+.
Beavers and Dolphins battled and fought to keep the game exciting, but the Beavers came out victorious, 72-68. Beavers reach the .500 mark and improve to 4-4.
Beavers sophomore guard Yassine Sakhi shot 9-for-17 from the field (52.9%), leading the team with 23 points and ten rebounds. Beavers snapped Dolphins’ three-game winning streak and are 3-0 lifetime against the Dolphins.
The Dolphins struggled from the perimeter, shooting 4-for-22 (18%). Sophomore power forward Elijah McKenzie led the Dolphins with a double-double adding 19 points and 11 rebounds.
“We know what Elijah is capable of,” Dolphins head coach James Mooney said. “It’s just a matter of getting him the ball in his scoring opportunities. We missed a lot; we didn’t get him the ball in certain scenarios. We were delayed, and that’s when balls were tipped or stolen or whatever the case may be. He did what we expected him to do, and he felt today was his opportunity to take advantage of his size, and you know he did what he was supposed to do. He had one of his finer nights. This is probably one of his best games shooting-wise.”
This game could be a confidence booster for Elijah McKenzie. The Dolphins, just like the Beavers, had too many turnovers in this game. Both teams combined for 44 turnovers. The Dolphins will need to be more focused on a consistent level to play better going forward.
CCNY Beavers will travel to Connecticut to take on Trinity College on Saturday, December 11 at 1pm. Dolphins will also travel to Connecticut, but against Connecticut College on Monday, December 13.