No.22 men’s basketball jumps to 7-0

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY – Junior Jonny angbazo scored a career-high 21 points to lead the 22nd-ranked Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s basketball team to a 75-45 victory over Bard College on Wednesday night at the Stevenson Athletic Center. With this victory, the Engineers improve to 7-0 overall (3-0 Liberty League), which is the second best start to the season in the program. The Raptors drop to 3-4 (0-3 Liberty League).

RPI got off to a flying start, opening a 21-4 lead over the opening 7:29 of the first half. Angbazo closed the rally with a transitional layup after taking a feed from Cam Bleibtrey.

The Raptors crept into the game over the next seven minutes, reducing their deficit to single digits three times. Senior Mason Memmelaar kept the hosts at bay in the dying moments of the first half, scoring a basket and converting from the line for a three-point play. Rensselaer has a 36-24 lead at the break.

The Engineers started to pull away around the fifth minute of the second half, as a Memmelaar layup was followed by a three-point play from Avery eugster to do 49-29.

A pair of free throws by the fifth year senior Patrick mahoney gave RPI a 22-point lead (56-32), with 11:25 left.

Angbazo then pushed RPI to their biggest lead of the game at 75-36 with a three-point game, with 4:15 remaining.

Bard ended the game 9-0 to draw under 30 before the last horn blast.

Angbazo led all scorers with 21 points, with five rebounds, three blocks and one steal. Memmelaar added 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and a steal, while Mahoney had 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a steal.

The Raptors were led by Lazaros Panagiotounis, who had nine points, three rebounds and two assists.

RPI were 19 points behind the Raptors’ turnovers, while the Bard was just eight. The Engineers scored 48 points in the paint, compared to 22 for the Raptors.

The 1949-50 Engineers started the season 7-0, before ending 11-3. In 1944-45, RPI opened 13-0, before losing to Bowling Green in the NIT of Madison Square Garden.

The Engineers are back in action on Saturday when they visit Mount Saint Mary (2pm). Bard hosts the Pratt Institute on Saturdays (2 p.m.).

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