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Ramapo College MBB gets back to .500 after victory over Brooklyn College

Ramapo College (5-5) defeated the Brooklyn College Bulldogs (2-9) 83-68 at the Bradley Center in Mahwah, New Jersey on Thursday.

Ramapo College trailed the Bulldogs 52-47 with 14 and half minutes remaining in the second half but went on an 11-1 run over the next two minutes of action.

Multiple Roadrunners' players sparked the comeback led by sophomore center Jordan Myers, who was saddled with two quick fouls in the first half and had to sit out the remainder of the half. Myers returned in the second half and dominated in the paint, dropping 11 points by the 12-minute mark.

Sophomore guard Peter Gorman aggressively attacked the basket and knocked down jump shots that increased his point total to 14 and pushed the Ramapo College advantage to 56-53. Meanwhile, sophomore forward Shane Rooney was unstoppable down low and capped the impressive run with a lay-in to notch his 15th point of the game.

Brooklyn College refused to go away quietly as they kept the game in single digits. Roadrunners freshman guard Elijah Barlow provided some much-needed separation knocking down back-to-back trifectas that widened the margin to 77-66.

"Elijah is a great player. I'm happy where he's at and only going to get better," Ramapo College Head Coach Chuck McBreen explained. "He was hitting big shots when we trying to separate and put them away. He hit some big three's to keep them at bay."

Ramapo College led 36-34 at halftime, shooting a sizzling 55 percent from the field, but the Bulldogs were equally in the zone at 52 percent. Brooklyn College was on fire from behind the arc burying six triples.

The Roadrunners received solid bench play with 11 points, controlled points in the paint 22-12, and points off turnovers 7-4. Brooklyn College came out of the locker room for the second half, a motivated squad erupting for a 12-2 run as they knocked down three treys to go up 43-38.

Ramapo College's point guard Peter Gorman drained a three to stem the Bulldogs' surge. However, Brooklyn College forward Elisha Park unleashed a three and his 15th point of the game that bumped the margin back up to 46-41.

The Roadrunners were able to keep within striking distance despite the hot shooting from long range by the Bulldogs. Brooklyn College guard David McFadden plunked down the team's 11th three that boosted the lead to 51-46 with less than 15 minutes left.

Peter Gorman poured in a game-high 22 points for Ramapo College, while Shane-Rooney dropped in a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Jordan Myers finished with 17 points, and Elijah Barlow added 11 points.

For Brooklyn College, Elisha Park pumped in a team-high 23 points, David McFadden netted 14 points, and Kailyn Olajide contributed 11 points.

Ramapo College outrebounded Brooklyn College 35-24, dominating points in the paint 40-18, holding an edge in points off the turnovers 15-8, and bench contributing 20 points.

Head Coach Chuck McBreen on the victory: "Peter Gorman's our captain and hardest working player. He's a 4.0 student and gym rat in the gym more than anybody else. I wish everybody would follow his lead. Shane(Rooney) is an academic scholar who is in the gym daily."

The Roadrunners are off for two weeks before traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they will play in the Classic against Rhodes College on December 28th and the University of Dubuque on December 29th, with both games tipping off at 9 p.m. EST.

"Both teams are outstanding. The University of Dubuque are from Iowa and an NCAA (Tournament) Team last year. They have almost everyone back and beat Nebraska-Wesleyan the other day that won the national championship the year we went to the Final Four," McBreen noted. "They're both good and we have a tough task ahead of us with these two games. Our most significant thing is getting healthy and figuring out what the rotations will be."

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