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Late Rally Lifts Providence Past Yale, 87-78

Alex Zampier. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alex Zampier. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Alex Zampier Scores 25 Points To Lead Bulldogs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Yale didn't look like a team that was playing after an 11-day layoff on Monday night against Providence. The Bulldogs raced out to an early lead and held it for much of the game before the Friars rallied to escape with an 87-78 victory before a nervous crowd of 4,206 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Alex Zampier paced Yale with 25 points. He was 10-of-19 from the field and added seven rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes. Greg Mangano added 14 points off the bench, while Michael Sands scored 10 points. Jordan Gibson had eight points and six rebounds, and Paul Nelson had six points and six rebounds.

Jamine Peterson scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half to pace the Friars (8-4). Marshon Brooks, Sharoud Curry and Vincent Council each added 13 points.

Providence shot 54.3 percent from the field in the second half.

The Bulldogs (4-7) led by as many as 11 points in the first half and had a 61-54 lead with 12:28 left in the game. The Friars, though, went on an 11-2 run, capped by a Brooks three-pointer that gave PC the lead for good, 65-63, with 8:53 left. Yale got back within one, 67-66, on two Sands free throws, but Providence scored the next six points.

"We controlled the game for 34 minutes but got a little fatigued at end and their defense stiffened," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.

The Friars entered the game leading the Big East in rebounding, but the Bulldogs matched them on the boards as both teams had 38 rebounds.

"Our guys really battled," Jones said. "I thought we did a great job limiting them on the offensive boards."

 Yale started strong, easily handling Providence's full-court press. The Bulldogs led 11-4 after four minutes and built the advantage to 25-14 on Mangano's layup midway through the first half. PC head coach Keno Davis was forced to call two timeouts in the first eight minutes.

His players apparently got the message. The Friars used an 11-2 run to tie the score at 27 with 7:14 left. Yale scored the next five points, but Curry's three-pointer gave Providence a 34-32 lead. The Bulldogs then closed the half with an 8-2 run to take a 40-36 lead at the intermission.

Yale shot 47.4 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes and made four three-pointers.

The Bulldogs are now off for the holiday. They return to action on Dec. 29 when they play at Colorado at 9 p.m. EST. The game will be televised by FSN Rocky Mountain.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity