Rallying from an 11-point halftime deficit, the Vaughn College Warriors made things difficult for host Drew University before losing, 79-75, Tuesday (January 25) night in Madison, N.J.
The Warriors fell to 9-9 this season with the loss.
Vaughn, which trailed, 45-34, at halftime, was led by center Mahdi Macbahi and guard Jerome Chan, who each scored 18 points. Forward Al-Ameen Kabba had 15 points and guard Jihad Ceaser had 11.
Vaughn connected on only 40 percent of its first-half shots, but improved that considerably in the second half (52 percent). Vaughn trailed by 13 points late in the second half, charging to within three with 12 seconds remaining. A potential tying three-point field goal from Chan rimmed out, enabling Drew to hang on for the victory.
“We lost, but it was a great game,” Coach Amy Mulligan said. “The guys never gave up.”
Vaughn plays at St. Joseph’s in Brooklyn on Thursday (January 27).
Jerome Chan, left, and Mahdi Macbahi both scored 18 points for the Warriors.