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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Rochester used a 20-4 run in the second half to hold on for a 62-53 victory against 16th-ranked New York University on Sunday afternoon in the Palestra.

The Yellowjackets (15-7, 6-5 UAA) got points from six players in the run that stretched nearly nine minutes to start the second half, extending the UR lead to a game-high 18 points.  NYU would battle back to get the deficit within four, but Rochester held strong for the win, extending their winning streak to four games, while improving to 11-0 at home. The win is the 19th consecutive regular-season home court victory for the Yellowjackets.

The first half proved to be low scoring, with neither team really finding a groove from the floor, with extended runs in the game where both teams went scoreless. A 3-pointer from Max Wein gave the Violets (18-4, 7-4 UAA) an 11-10 lead with nine minutes gone in the half.

Rochester would then answer with a 10-2 run that propelled the lead out to seven at 20-13. Freshman Tyler Seidman nailed one of his three treys and senior Chris Dende scored four points to fuel the UR rush.

At the half, UR would lead 28-26 behind scoring from seven different players. NYU would be led in the half by Kyle Stockmal and Andy Stein, scoring nine and seven points respectively. NYU was tough on the defensive end in the first half, recording seven blocks with three coming from Wein.

The second half started with the big Rochester run to extend the lead out to 18, but NYU never gave up and answered with an extended run of their own. The Violet charge was a 17-4 run that showed the 16th-ranked team in the country wouldn’t go down easy. During the surge, Stein led the Violets by scoring seven points while Wein added five.

After that run with NYU within five at 54-49 and less than four minutes remaining, Yellowjacket junior John DiBartolomeo drove the lane and dished to classmate Rob Reid who dunked the ball home, energizing the team and crowd back into the game. After that point, NYU got a 3-pointer from Carl Yaffe to cut the lead again to four with 1:15 left, but DiBartolomeo scored the Yellowjackets' last six points of the game to seal the win.

On the day, Rochester’s leading scorer was DiBartolomeo who finished with 13 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds.  The other players in double figures for UR were Dende, who had 12 points and eight rebounds and Seidman who finished with 11 on 4 of 7 shooting. Rochester would end up outrebounding the Violets 35-26 on the game.

For NYU, Stein was the leader, scoring 17 points (7-17 FG) and grabbing seven rebounds. Stockmal was the other Violet in double figures, finishing with 10 points. Yaffe and Wein each finished with eight points. NYU struggled from the charity stripe on the day, only hitting 6-16 (37.5 percent) free throws.