NYU earned another win against a nationally ranked team, defeating No. 17 Washington (Mo.) 86-82 on Friday at the Coles Sports Center in front of 1,342 fans.
The Violets (14-9, 4-8) appeared to have the game wrapped up with a 14-point lead and 7:49 to go. However, the Bears (18-5, 8-4) made it close late, cutting the lead to one in the final seconds before NYU put it away with free throws.
Ryan Tana (career-high 25 points), Devin Karch (22 points) and Kyle Stockmal (20 points) led the way for the Violets, who earned their third win against a nationally ranked team this season.
Stockmal, Karch and Tana led a 7-0 run in the second half to give the Violets their largest lead of the game 65-51 with 7:49 left.
Washington kept the deficit between seven and 10 during the next few minutes. A dunk on the break from Max Wein with 3:05 left appeared to put a stamp on things, but the Bears made a late charge with 50 seconds remaining. Washington eventually cut it to one with 7.5 ticks on the clock, but Tana hit both free throws at the other end to earn the win.
Karch added nine rebounds and a career-high four blocks to his 22 points, while Stockmal had four boards and three assists. Carl Yaffe had 12 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and three blocks.
Five Bears scored in double figures, led by Matt Palucki with 16 points. Alan Aboona had 15 before fouling out, while Tim Cooney finished with 12.
“It was a great atmosphere for our guys to play in front of,” head coach Joe Nesci said. “The guys really rose to the occasion. A big key for us was rebounding. Washington is an excellent rebounding team and we played them even on the boards.”