Yeshiva University eliminated from NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament

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Sophomore Gabriel Leiter of the Yeshiva University Maccabees takes on a player from Purchase College during the team’s championship victory on Feb. 25, 2018, which earned an automatic qualification into the NCAA tournament. (Courtesy Yeshiva University)
Yeshiva University was eliminated from the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament with an 81-67 opening-round loss to host York College of Pennsylvania.

The Maccabees, who were making their first appearance in the national tournament, finished their season with a record of 18-11.

Gabriel Leifer, a 6-5 forward from Lawrence, New York, led Yeshiva with 18 points. Daniel Katz and Simcha Halpert had 15 and 12 points, respectively, while Tyler Hod contributed 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Yeshiva, a strong three-point shooting squad, missed 26 of its 32 shots from beyond the arc.

York, now 24-4, advanced to play the winner of Friday’s Nazareth-Hamilton matchup on Saturday night.

Matt Scamuffo powered the Spartans, champions of the Capital Athletic Conference, with 24 points.

York led 46-34 at halftime after holding a 19-point advantage at one point.

On Sunday, Y.U. defeated Purchase College, 87-81, in Purchase, New York, to win the Skyline Conference championship and the automatic berth in the national event.

Division III member institutions do not offer scholarships to their student-athletes.

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