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    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (December 3, 2013) – The Vassar College men's basketball extended their winning streak to four with a 63-53 win over the Drew University Rangers on Tuesday evening at the Athletics and Fitness Center.

    Junior forward Luka Ladan (Belmont, MA/Belmont) was the play-maker for the Brewers Tuesday. He finished the game going 5-for-10 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free throw line for a game-high 15 points. Ladan pulled down 13 rebounds (11 defensive) for a career-high, another game-high and his first double-double since his freshman year.

    Junior forward Alex Snyder (Rutland, VT/Rutland) got his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive). During the 2012-13 season in game #5 for the Brewers against The City College of New York, Snyder also had a double-double with 10 rebounds and 16 points. He mirrored last year's rebounds when he had seven offensive and three defensive boards, the same as this year's game #5.

    After a jumper from Rangers' Mike Klinger to start the game, Vassar's offense went on a rampage with a 24-8 run, highlighted by Ladan's six points, senior forward Evan Carberry's (Metuchen, NJ/Metuchen) five points and junior guard Curtis Smith's (Mastic, NY/Eastport South Manor) five points.

    The Brewers committed four fouls following the huge Vassar run that allowed Drew to capitalize with a 14-3 run of its own. Steve Hydzik sunk four free throws and added a layup, highlighting the run and closing the gap going into halftime with a Vassar, 29-26 lead.

    Drew brought the game within three points, 49-46 with 6:07 remaining in the game off a Klinger 3-pointer before Snyder moved the Brewers' score out of the pressure zone. Snyder tallied nine of Vassar's final streak of 14-7 that earned Vassar the 63-53 win.

    The Rangers put up 21 3-pointers in the contest, hitting only six and also scoring only 18 of their 55 total shots. Vassar hit 23-for-65 from the field with four 3-pointers and was 76.5% from the free throw line, hitting 13-of-17.

    The Brewers' defense out-bounded the Rangers 51-33 with a distinct 17-8 offensive board advantage. Vassar held a lead as high as 18 points early in the game while maintaining its lead for almost 39 minutes.

   Vassar now leads the Vassar-Drew series, 3-2.

    The Brewers (4-1) have not had a four-game win streak since the 2007-08 season where Vassar won 10-straight games including three Liberty League games. They will next travel to New London, CT to face the Camels of Connecticut College on Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 pm. The Rangers (3-2) will next travel to Washington, D.C. to face the Cardinals of Catholic University on Saturday, December 7 at 4:00 pm.

--VASSAR--

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