It was an impressive showing for Division III Brooklyn College’s basketball teams, as both squads captured CUNYAC titles on Friday at York College in Jamaica, N.Y.
In upset fashion, the No. 5 seed Brooklyn Bulldogs Men’s team defeated the second-seeded Baruch College Bearcats, 62-55.
Senior guard Anthony McClean, who claimed the contest’s MVP, led the charge with a game-high 16 points. Junior Jordan Wright and sophomore Noah Shy chipped in with nine points apiece. Senior guard Michael Tesoriero added eight in the win.
Brooklyn heads into the NCAA Division III Tournament with a 13-15 overall record following their Cinderella conference tourney run while Baruch drops to 17-10. The Bulldogs will wait until Monday to find out who their First Round NCAA Tournament opponent will be.
The top-seeded Brooklyn College Bulldogs women’s basketball team defeated No. 2 Hunter College, 62-57, in the conference tournament final. It was their second CUNYAC Championship in three years and third in the program’s history.
Junior forward Chanel Jemmott took home MVP honors, dropping in 14 points and a game-best 24 rebounds. Sarah James, a star hoopster at Madison High School, scored a game-high 21 points while shooting 6-10 from beyond the arc. Sarah’s sister, Ericka James, also a Madison High School standout, chipped in nine points while burying a pair of threes on the night.
Brooklyn improves to 21-6 heading into the NCAA Division III Tournament while Hunter moves to 16-11. The Bulldogs will now await their First Round NCAA Tournament opponent, which NCAA D-3 officials will announce this Monday.
Note: It was a family affiar Friday night, as women’s assistant coach Rocco Sellitto is the father in law to men’s assistant coach CJ Council, both of whom will be fitted for championship rings.
— Jerry Del Priore