The last time Baruch and Brooklyn met in the CUNYAC/Army ROTC championship game was 2009, which Brooklyn won 89-69. Head coach John Alesi wasn’t with the program that year, but he can now etch his name in Baruch coaching lore after his Bearcats defeated the Brooklyn Bulldogs 90-83 in a double-overtime thriller at the 2014-15 finals.

Granville Gittens hit a game-tying shot in regulation as time expired and finished the game with 19 points after scoring 21 in the quarterfinals and 19 in the semifinals. With two of the biggest shots in tournament history, there was no question he was the MVP.

Baruch came into the CUNYAC/Army ROTC championship game as the heavy favorite after going undefeated in CUNYAC play. They proved everybody correct.

The Bearcats dominated in the second half and came from behind to defeat the Bulldogs by a score of 60-39 to win the 35th annual CUNY women’s championship. The victory gives the school their eighth straight championship title and their ninth in the last 10 years.

Lyana Abrams finished the game with 20 points, including 14 in the second half. After scoring 20 points against CCNY in the quarterfinals and 15 against Staten Island in the semifinals, Abrams earned tournament MVP honors.