One 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.
Alex 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.
Michael 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.
The 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.
Alex 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.
The 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.
Senior 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.
For 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.
The 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.
Harvards 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.
A 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.
The 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.
Zack 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.
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.
The 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.
One 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.
Ivy 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.
The 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.
A 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.
Earlier 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.
Cornell, 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.
Douglas 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.
On 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.
The 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.
Alex 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.
Nobody 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.
In 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.
Steve 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.
As 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.
All 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.