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Many of their Bergen county faithful are left without closure and although we can never bring back the season, The Jewish Link would like to spotlight the record shattering 2019-2020 Yeshiva University men’s basketball team. The NCAA season was cut short as the No. 13 ranked YU team was scheduled to play at No. 3 Randolph-Macon College, in a third-round matchup. As the YU team was working on the longest NCAA winning streak, Coach Steinmetz won the Glenn Robinson National Coach of the Year award and the team was honored with two D3 Hoops.com All Americans, the D3Hoops National Coach of the Year, two NABC All-Atlantic Team members, NABC All-Atlantic Coach of the Year and a CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team member.

Max Leibowitz #1

2019-20: First season playing collegiate basketball for Yeshiva University... netted eight points and forced three steals at St. Joseph’s College Long Island (12/8)...tallied four points with three rebounds at Maritime College (1/22)...scored four points in Yeshiva’s NCAA tournament first-round victory over WPI (3/6).

Gabriel Leifer #4

2019-20: Earned a spot on the D3hoops.com All-America Fourth Team (3/24)...named Most Outstanding Player of Skyline Conference Championships (3/1)...was selected as the U.S. Basketball Association Division III National Player of the Week (3/3)...named to CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team (3/11)...earned a spot on the Skyline All-Conference First Team (3/2)...selected to both the 2019-20 Bevo Francis Award Top 100 and Top 50 Watch List...named to NABC All-Atlantic Second Team (3/16)...selected to D3hoops.com All-Atlantic First Team (3/17)...was named to the D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Fourth Team..was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team...was selected as the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Divisions II-III Player of the Week twice (1/28 and 2/4)...named Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Co-Player of the Week (2/11)...earned a spot on the D3hoops.com Team of the Week twice (11/19 and 1/28)...was named the Skyline Conference Player of the Week two times (1/27 and 2/3)...earned a spot on the Skyline Conference Weekly Honor Roll twice (12/9 and 2/10)...earned Divisions II-III Honorable Mention accolades from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (12/10)...generated 23 double-doubles, and four triple-doubles (leads the nation), this season...scored his 1,000th career point against USMMA (1/25)...scored 16 points, grabbed 24 rebounds, and dished out 12 assists in Yeshiva’s Skyline Championship win over Purchase College (3/1)...ranked No. 1 in the country in defensive rebounds per game (12.5)...ranked first in Division III with 14.0 boards per contest...ranked first in the nation with 412 total rebounds...hit the game-winning 3-point field goal with six seconds remaining to propel Yeshiva to a 74-72 Skyline victory at Sarah Lawrence College (1/28)...tallied his fourth triple-double of the season with 10 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in Yeshiva’s NCAA tournament second-round victory over Penn State Harrisburg (3/7).

Ryan Turell #11

2019-20: Earned a spot on the D3hoops.com All-America First Team (3/24)...was named the Skyline Conference Player of the Year (3/2)...earned a spot on the Skyline All-Conference First Team (3/2)...selected to the 2019-20 Bevo Francis Award Top 25 Watch List...was selected to the NABC All-America Second Team (3/18)...named the D3hoops.com Atlantic Region Player of the Year (3/17)...earned a spot on the D3hoops.com All-Atlantic First Team (3/17)...selected to the NABC All-Atlantic First Team (3/16)...earned a spot on the D3hoops.com Team of the Week (11/26)...was named the Skyline Conference Player of the Week three times (11/18, 11/25, and 2/17)...earned a spot on the Skyline Conference Weekly Honor Roll (12/2)...named Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Divisions II-III Honorable Mention twice (2/18 and 2/25)...led all players in the Skyline with 23.9 points per game and tops the league with a 63.6 shooting percentage...reached double figures in scoring during 26 out of 27 games played this year.. scored at least 20 points, 19 times...scored at least 30 points, 10 times...became the first sophomore, and fastest player, in school history to reach 1,000 career points, doing so against Farmingdale State College (2/15)...tallied 29 points in Yeshiva’s Skyline Championship victory over Purchase College (3/1)...led all players with a career-best 41 points (putting him in a six-way tie for fourth place on the school’s all-time single-game scoring list), while shooting 13-for-16 from the field and 7-for-9 from 3-point range, in Yeshiva’s NCAA tournament first-round victory over WPI (3/6)...scored a game-high 30 points, while distributing seven assists and grabbing five rebounds, In Yeshiva’s NCAA tournament second-round victory over Penn State Harrisburg (3/7).

Ofek Reef #13

2019-20: First season playing collegiate basketball for Yeshiva University... was selected as the Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year (3/2)...was named the Skyline Conference Rookie of the Week four times (11/18, 11/25, 12/9, and 2/17)...reached double-figures in scoring 17 times...tallied 18 points and four rebounds at Salisbury University (11/16)...scored a season-high 22 points to go along with four assists at Farmingdale State College (12/5)...tallied 21 points and five rebounds against New Jersey City University (12/17)...tallied 15 points, five assists and three rebounds at Moravian College (12/19)...scored 14 points, dished out three assists and brought down five rebounds against Purchase College (1/30)...netted 18 points against St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn (2/11)...generated 14 points and five rebounds against St. Joseph’s College Long Island (2/22)...scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds in the opening round of the Skyline Conference Championships against USMMA (2/25)...netted 16 points in Yeshiva’s NCAA tournament second-round victory over Penn State Harrisburg (3/7).

Eitan Halpert #15

2019-20: Scored 11 points with a pair of assists against College of Mount Saint Vincent (2/8)...tallied 10 points with three assists in the first round of the Skyline Conference Championships against USMMA (2/25)...netted 17 points and dished out three assists in the semifinal round of the Skyline Conference Championships against Farmingdale State College (2/27)...produced 19 points in the Skyline Conference championship game against Purchase College (3/1)...tallied 14 points, eight assists and four rebounds in Yeshiva’s NCAA tournament first-round victory over WPI (3/6)...netted 18 points in Yeshiva’s NCAA tournament second-round victory over Penn State Harrisburg (3/7).

Simcha Halpert #20 C

2019-20: Earned a spot on the Skyline All-Conference Second Team (3/2)...scored his 1,500th career point, and also moved into fourth place on YU’s All-Time Scoring List, during the game at Eastern Connecticut State University (12/15)...named to the D3hoop.com All-Atlantic Third Team (3/17)...earned a spot on the Skyline Conference Weekly Honor Roll (12/16)...was named Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Divisions II-III Honorable Mention (12/17)...shot 50.4% from the field this season, including 43.6% from beyond the arc. The two-time Skyline All-Conference First Team member is second on YU’s All-Time scoring list with 1,845 career points. Scored 33 points in the regular season game against Purchase College (1/30)...tallied 27 points with five assists against College of Mount Saint Vincent (2/8)...tallied a game-high 20 points, while grabbing four rebounds, in the first round of the Skyline Conference Championships against USMMA (2/25)...scored 20 points in Yeshiva’s NCAA tournament first-round victory over WPI (3/6)...generated 21 points with five rebounds in Yeshiva’s NCAA tournament second-round win over Penn State Harrisburg (3/7).

Jasper Newman #21

2019-20: First season playing collegiate basketball for Yeshiva University...appeared in 14 games...scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and distributed three assists during his rookie season.

Bar Alluf #23

2019-20: Scored nine points and dished out four assists at Caltech (11/10)...netted 11 points at College of Mount Saint Vincent (11/23)...produced 10 points and five rebounds at St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn (12/3)...generated 17 points, six rebounds and three assists at St. Joseph’s College (12/8)...netted nine points, brought down five rebounds and delivered two assists against Purchase College (1/30)...added 10 points and three assists against St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn (2/11)...generated 10 points with three rebounds against St. Joseph’s College Long Island (2/22).

Michael Bixon #24

2019-20: Appeared in seven games during the season...dished out an assist and forced a steal against Brooklyn College (11/21)...grabbed a rebound at College of Mount Saint Vincent (11/23)

Tyler Hod #25

2019-20: Scored five points at College of Mount Saint Vincent (11/23)...successfully executed a four-point play, grabbed two rebounds, blocked a shot, and dished out an assist against Purchase College (1/30)...scored three points, grabbed a rebound, and distributed an assist in Yeshiva’s NCAA tournament first-round victory over WPI (3/6).

2018-19: Was named to the NABC Honors Court...played in 14 games during the season...scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists against Mount Saint Mary (2/14).

Sammy Mandel #30

2019-20: Netted four points at St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn (12/3)...tallied two points and a rebound at St. Joseph’s College Long Island (12/8)...grabbed two rebounds against St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn (2/11).

Kevin Bokor #32

2019-20: Scored two points, grabbed three rebounds, and dished out an assist at Caltech (11/10)...tallied two points, two assists and a rebound at College of Mount Saint Vincent (11/23).

Daniel Katz #33 C

2019-20: Named to the All-Skyline Sportsmanship Team (3/2)...finished his career No. 10 on YU’s All-Time Career Assists List with 252...tallied 13 points and dished out three assists at Farmingdale State College (12/5)...scored 13 points at Eastern Connecticut State (12/15)...netted 10 points and delivered two assists against New Jersey City University (12/17)...grabbed seven rebounds at Sarah Lawrence College (1/28)...scored two points, dished out three assists and grabbed six boards against College of Mount Saint Vincent (2/8)...generated seven points with three rebounds at Mount Saint Mary College (2/5)...added eight points, six assists and three boards against St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn (2/11)...tallied six points, four assists and just as many rebounds against Farmingdale State (2/15)...scored six points with five assists in the semifinal round of the Skyline Conference Championships against Farmingdale State College (2/27)...added six points with eight rebounds in Yeshiva’s Skyline Conference Championship victory over Purchase College (3/1)...tallied seven points with three assists and a pair of rebounds in Yeshiva’s NCAA tournament second-round victory over Penn State Harrisburg (3/7).

Alon Jakubowitz #34

2019-20: First season playing collegiate basketball for Yeshiva University...grabbed three rebounds and dished out an assist at Maritime College (1/22)...brought down a rebound and blocked a pair of shots against USMMA (1/25)...netted two points and grabbed a rebound at SUNY Old Westbury (2/18).

Ryan Bokor #35

2019-20: First season playing collegiate basketball for Yeshiva University...appeared in 12 games...tallied two points and a pair of rebounds against Manhattanville College (2/1)...scored two points and grabbed a rebound against Farmingdale State College (2/15).

Caleb Milobsky #42

2019-20: Tallied 13 points with six rebounds against Brooklyn College (11/21)...netted 11 points and brought down seven rebounds at St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn (12/3)...tallied a career-high 19 points, shooting 5-for-6 from 3-point range, while grabbing six rebounds and distributing a pair of assists at Williams College (2/3)...generated 10 points, five rebounds, and two assists against Farmingdale State College (2/15)...scored eight points, brought down three rebounds and delivered an assist in Yeshiva’s NCAA tournament first-round victory over WPI (3/6).

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