Jones Announces Class of 2014One of the challenges facing James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Mens Basketball at Yale, for the upcoming season is replacing Alex Zampier, who graduated as one of the most prolific scorers in recent memory. Fortunately Jones will welcome a strong recruiting class full of scorers to New Haven this fall to help fill that void. Will Bartlett (New York, N.Y.), Jesse Pritchard (Ames, IA), Isaiah Salafia (Cromwell, CT), Greg Kelley (Newton, MA) and Jeremiah Kreisberg (Berkeley, CA) all scored at least 1,000 points in their high school careers.
Zampier Named To Connecticut 6 First TeamAlex Zampier put on quite a show in the augural Connecticut 6 Classic in November. He scored 35 points in the game against Sacred Heart, the most by a Yale player since 1983. That performance was the start of an outstanding senior season for Zampier, who led the Bulldogs in scoring (17.4 ppg.), three-pointers (55), steals (59) and free throw percentage (.858). Wednesday he received another accolade for those accomplishments by being named to the Connecticut 6 first team.
Sands Elected 2010-11 CaptainMichael Sands was one of the most improved players in the Ivy League this season. After appearing in 24 games off the bench as a sophomore, Sands was the only player to start all 31 games. He credits his success, at least in part, to what he learned from the captains during his tenure at Yale Eric Flato in his freshman year, Ross Morin in 2008-09 and Alex Zampier this year.
Team Awards Presented At Annual Post Season BanquetThe Yale mens basketball team gathered at The Course At Yale on Wednesday night for the annual post-season banquet, and seven team awards were presented. Alex Zampier was the recipient of the Dutch Arnold Award as the most valuable player and the Eggie Miles Award for free throw shooting. Austin Morgan received the John C. Cobb Award as Yales rookie of the year and the George McReynolds Award as the teams top defensive player. The Richard Derby Academic Award was presented to Raffi Mantilla. Paul Nelson received the Stan Smith Senior Award and Rhett Anderson was the recipient of the Josh Hill Award.
Zampier, Sands Earn All-Ivy RecognitionAlex Zampier, who led the Yale mens basketball team in scoring (17.4 ppg.), three-pointers (55), steals (59) and free throw percentage (.858), has been named second team All-Ivy. Michael Sands, one of only two players to start all 31 games, earned honorable mention recognition.
Zampier Goes Out In Style But Bulldogs Fall To CornellThe near capacity crowd that came to the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday got a first-hand look at why Cornell is heading to its third straight NCAA Tournament. Ryan Wittman scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half and Louis Dale added 18 points and five assists as the Big Red held off a pesky Bulldog squad in a 79-59 victory.
Bulldogs Roll To 65-48 Victory Over ColumbiaSenior Weekend got off to a strong start for the Yale mens basketball team. Four of Yales five starters scored in double figures as the Bulldogs cruised to a 65-48 Ivy League victory over Columbia before a crowd of 1,547 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Alex Zampier and Paul Nelson, the two healthy seniors, each played a big role. Zampier scored a team-high 15 points, while Nelson added 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks despite being limited to 19 minutes because of early foul trouble.
Class of 2010 Made Big Impact At YaleFor seniors Josh Davis, Jordan Gibson, Paul Nelson and Alex Zampier, the memorable moments of their Yale basketball careers are pretty similar - a victory over Penn at the Palestra; Stanfords visit to a sold-out John J. Lee Amphitheater; trips to eventual Final Four participants UCLA and Kansas. But some of the most unforgettable times were off the court.
Season Ends With Visits From Columbia, CornellThe 115th season of Yale men's basketball comes to a conclusion with visits from Columbia and Cornell this weekend. Tipoff both Friday and Saturday nights is slated for 7 p.m. Seniors Josh Davis, Jordan Gibson, Paul Nelson and Alex Zampier will be honored prior to Saturday's game with first-place Cornell.
Bulldogs Fall At Harvard; Alex Zampier Sets Yale Single Season Steals RecordHarvards Jeremy Lin made his final regular season game at Lavietes Pavilion memorable. Lin had 26 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists to lead the Crimson to a 78-58 victory over Yale before a near capacity crowd of 2,195. Alex Zampier, who scored 16 points to pace the Bulldogs, also had one steal, his 55th of the season, to set the Yale single season record.
Bulldogs Shutdown Dartmouth In 55-45 VictoryA big defensive effort helped the Yale mens basketball team get back on track. The Bulldogs held Dartmouth to 25 percent shooting from the field en route to a 55-45 victory over the Big Green at Leede Arena.
Final Road Trip Takes Yale To Dartmouth, HarvardThe final road trip of the season takes the Bulldogs to Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard on Saturday. Tipoff on both nights is slated for 7 p.m. Yale split with the two teams at home just two weeks ago, knocking off Dartmouth 69-56 but dropping a heartbreaking 82-79 overtime decision to Harvard.
Penn Tops Yale 81-69Zack Rosen scored 27 points and handed out five assists to lead Penn to an 81-69 Ivy League victory over Yale before a crowd of 4,738 at the Palestra. The Quakers also got a pair of double-doubles en route to the win. Dan Monckton had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Jack Eggleston added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Zampier paced the Bulldogs with 21 points.
Hot Shooting Lifts Princeton Over Yale If there is one thing you cant do against Princeton, its allow the Tigers multiple offensive opportunities. Thats what Yale did on Friday night, and the Bulldogs paid dearly for it. Princeton had 16 offensive rebounds in an 82-58 victory over Yale before a crowd of 2,820 at Jadwin Gym.
Friday's Yale-Princeton Game On ESPNU; Bulldogs Meet Penn SaturdayThe Bulldogs begin their second go-round through the Ivy League with a trip to Princeton and Penn. Friday's game at Princeton will be televised by ESPNU. It will be Yale's third appearance on the ESPN family of networks. The Bulldogs played UConn in the 2003-04 season opener on ESPN2, and the 2008 game at Penn was on ESPN Classic. Tip-off at Jadwin Gym is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday's game at the Palestra also begins at 7 p.m.
Big Second Half Leads Yale Past Dartmouth 69-56One of the best defensive stretches of the season couldnt have come at a better time for the Yale mens basketball team. Trailing Dartmouth by 10 with 14:18 left in the second half, the Bulldogs yielded only seven points over the next 13 minutes en route to a 69-56 victory over the Big Green before a Youth Day crowd of 1,478 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Bulldogs Drop Overtime Heartbreaker To HarvardIvy League Player of the Year candidates Alex Zampier of Yale and Jeremy Lin of Harvard each put on a show Friday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. In the end, though, it was a pair of Harvard freshmen that played the biggest roles in deciding the outcome. Dee Giger made a crucial three-pointer that tied the score at 65 with 25 seconds left in the second half, and Brandyn Curry made all five of his field goals and all three of his free throws as the Crimson escaped with a thrilling 82-79 victory before a spirited crowd of 2,091.
Harvard, Dartmouth Visit Lee Amphitheater This WeekendThe Bulldogs reach the midpoint of the Ivy League season with visits from Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend. The Crimson come to town on Friday, while Yale hosts Dartmouth on Saturday on Youth Day. Tipoff at the John J. Lee Amphitheater is slated for 7 p.m. both nights.
Zampier Scores 1,000th Career Point; Bulldogs Roll Over ColumbiaA near flawless first half led the Yale mens basketball team to a surprisingly easy victory on Saturday. The Bulldogs shot 54.8 percent from the field and outrebounded the Lions 23-10 in the first 20 minutes in building a 48-29 lead. From there, Yale cruised to a 79-64 win before a crowd of 1,304 at Levien Gym.
No. 25 Cornell Holds Off Yale 90-71Earlier this week, Cornell earned its first national ranking in nearly 60 years. It appears the Big Red plan on staying in the poll for awhile. Jon Jaques scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures as No. 25 Cornell topped Yale 90-71 before a boisterous crowd of 4,255 at Newman Arena. Alex Zampier paced the Bulldogs with 11 points.
Bulldogs Visit No. 25 Cornell, ColumbiaCornell, which is ranked 25th in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, has not been seriously challenged in its first four Ivy League games of 2010. The Bulldogs will take their shot at the two-time defending league champions on Friday in Ithaca. Yale then heads to New York City to meet Columbia on Saturday. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
Late Spurt Lifts Princeton Past YaleDouglas Davis scored nine of his team-high 13 points in the second half to lift Princeton to a hard-fought 58-45 Ivy League victory over Yale before an Alumni Day crowd of 2,016 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Michael Sands paced the Bulldogs with 14 points and six rebounds.
Fast Start, Strong Finish Lead Bulldogs To 61-48 Victory Over PennOn a night when Yale hoped to exploit its size advantage inside, it was a 6-1 guard that played a key role in an important Ivy League victory. Porter Braswell matched his career high with 14 points to lead a balanced attack as the Bulldogs rolled to a 61-48 victory over Penn before a crowd of 1,712 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Penn, Princeton Visit On Alumni WeekendThe Bulldogs, who have won three of their last four games, begin their first full weekend of Ivy League play with visits from Penn and Princeton. The Quakers are in town for a 7 p.m. tipoff on Friday, while Yale and Princeton meet Saturday at 6 p.m. At both games, Yale student athletes will be collecting donations from fans to help with the relief effort in Haiti. The money donated will be given to three charities - AmeriCares, Doctors Without Borders and the American Red Cross.
Zampier Named Ivy League Player Of The WeekAlex Zampier has had a number of big games for the Yale mens basketball team this season. None was more important than his performance in Fridays 71-63 victory over Brown. Zampier scored a game-high 22 points as the Bulldogs knocked off the Bears to even their record at 1-1 in Ivy play. Monday he was rewarded for the effort by being named the Ivy League Player of the Week. It is the second time Zampier has been honored this year.
Bulldogs Notch Key Ivy League Win; Top Brown 71-63Nobody had to tell Alex Zampier the importance of Fridays Ivy League mens basketball game with Brown. After falling to the Bears last Friday, Yale desperately needed a win, and Zampier played a big role in helping to deliver it. He scored a game-high 22 points as the Bulldogs knocked off Brown 71-63 at the Pizzitola Center.
Bulldogs, Bears Meet Again Friday In ProvidenceIn recent years, the Yale men's basketball team has had some success against Brown at the Pizzitola Center. The Bulldogs have won two of their last three games in Providence. It would certainly be in their best interest to add another victory when the two teams meet on Friday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on WYBC (1340 AM, wybc.com) with Michael Dunn and Ian Halpern calling the action or on Sirius XM radio channel 130.
Brown Edges Yale 75-66 In Ivy OpenerSteve Gruber scored a career-high 15 points and Andrew McCarthy added 14 points and eight rebounds as Brown handed Yale a 75-66 loss in the Ivy League opener for both teams before an enthusiastic crowd of 1,683 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Michael Sands paced the Bulldogs with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Ivy League Play Kicks Off With Home Game Against BrownAs they have in each of the last four years, the Bulldogs begin Ivy League play against Brown. The Bears visit the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Both teams won six non-conference games and both average 68.4 points.
Bulldogs Roll In Final Non-League Game; Rout NJIT 79-48All season long James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Mens Basketball at Yale, has been stressing the importance of defense to his inexperienced team. It appears the message has been received. In their final half before the start of the Ivy League play, the Bulldogs held NJIT to 18.5 percent from the field en route to an easy 79-48 victory at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Bulldogs Host NJIT In Final Non-League GameThe Bulldogs conclude a very busy stretch when they host NJIT on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff at the John J. Lee Amphitheater is slated for 2 p.m. Yale will be playing its fifth game in the last 10 days. More importantly, this will be the final tuneup before the Ivy League opener next Friday against Brown.
Five Players Score In Double Figures As Bulldogs Cruise To WinAfter playing five difficult games on the road, a little home cooking was just what the Yale mens basketball team needed. Freshman Austin Morgan scored a career-high 17 points, one of five players in double figures, as the Bulldogs cruised to a 92-71 victory over Albertus Magnus before a crowd of 1,219 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Manganos First Career Double-Double Not Enough In Loss To LehighJames Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Mens Basketball at Yale, inserted Greg Mangano and Austin Morgan into the starting lineup for Tuesdays game with Lehigh. Both responded in a big way. Mangano recorded his first career double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds) and Morgan scored 14 points, the most of his young career. Unfortunately it wasnt quite enough. C.J. McCollum had 21 of his game-high 31 points in the second half to lift the Mountain Hawks to a hard-fought 75-69 victory at Stabler Arena.
Five-Game Road Stretch Ends At LehighThe start of Ivy League play is less than two weeks away, but the Bulldogs still have three games to make their final preparations. The first is Tuesday night at Lehigh. Tipoff at Stabler Arena is slated for 7 p.m. The game completes a stretch of five straight road games for Yale, which hosts Albertus Magnus on Thursday and NJIT on Saturday afternoon.
Zampier Shines In Homecoming But Bulldogs Fall At AlbanyAlex Zampier gave Albany area fans a reminder of how talented he was during his days at nearby Columbia High School on Sunday. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it wasnt quite enough to have his homecoming end in a victory. Tim Ambrose scored 22 points and Billy Allen added 21 as the University at Albany topped Yale 89-68 before a crowd of 2,931 at the SEFCU Arena that included a number of Zampiers family and friends.
Zampier, Jones Get Homecoming Sunday At AlbanySo far this season, the Bulldogs have played only three of 13 games in the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Yale faces another road game on Sunday at Albany, but for two members of the Bulldogs basketball family, it will feel at least a little bit like home. Senior captain Alex Zampier is an East Greenbush, N.Y., native, which is less than 10 miles from Albany, and head coach James Jones is a 1986 Albany graduate. Tipoff at SEFCU Arena is slated for 4 p.m.
Hot Shooting Leads CSU Past YaleTravis Franklin scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures as Colorado State topped Yale 93-71 in a New Years Eve matinee before a crowd of 2,498 at Moby Arena. Pierce Hornung added 15 points and six rebounds for the Rams. Alex Zampier scored 31 points for the Bulldogs. It was the second time this season he reached the 30-point mark. He had 35 in the season opener against Sacred Heart.
2009 Comes To An End At Colorado StateThe Bulldogs close out the 2009 portion of the schedule with a game on the final day of the year. Yale plays at Colorado State on Thursday, and tipoff at Moby Arena is slated for 2 p.m. MST. Yale is playing on new year's eve for the first time since 1966, a 57-43 loss to Memphis.
Colorado Holds Off Yale 70-59Yale did a number of things well in Tuesdays game with Colorado. The Bulldogs held the Buffaloes to 40 percent from the field, nearly 10 percent below their season average, and outrebounded them 41-27. Yale, though, did not do a good job of taking care of the basketball, and it was costly. The Bulldogs committed a season-high 30 turnovers, which led to 29 of the Buffs points, and dropped a 70-59 decision before a crowd of 4,819 at the Coors Events Center.