January 7, 2010

Five Players Score In Double Figures As Bulldogs Cruise To Win

Yale Routs Albertus Magnus 92-71

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After playing five difficult games on the road, a little home cooking was just what the Yale men's 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.

Yale (5-11) was playing at home for the first time since Dec. 9, a 69-54 victory over Bryant, and had dropped five straight.

"We needed confidence as a team," said Michael Grace, who scored a career-high 11 points and added six assists.

The Bulldogs got contributions from everybody. Michael Sands and Reggie Willhite each had 14 points, while Paul Nelson had 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Porter Braswell scored nine points and had six assists, while Greg Mangano added seven points and 12 rebounds. In all, 11 players scored, including freshman Sam Martin, who finished with four points, the first of his career.

The Bulldogs played without seniors Alex Zampier and Jordan Gibson.

Yale's bench outscored Albertus Magnus's 44-19.

"We used this as an opportunity to work on some things and get better," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.

The Falcons, though, didn't go down without a fight. Albertus led by six after five minutes and had a one point advantage with two minutes left in the first half. The Bulldogs then scored six straight points to close the half and began the second half with a 13-2 run to put the game away.

"Our guys knew they would come out hard," said Mangano, who helped Yale outscore the Falcons 50-22 in the paint. "They have some good players."

The most noticeable was Ray Askew, who had 19 points and 17 rebounds.. Walden St. Juste added 12 points and Jefferson Lora scored 11.

"We felt as a staff that in the first half we did not do what we are capable of doing. There was no panic," Jones said. "[Albertus] came in ready to play. For them it was like a Super Bowl."

Yale's defense was the difference in the second half. The Bulldogs held Albertus to 24.2 percent from the field and forced 11 turnovers. Yale also had a season-high 14 blocked shots in the game.

The Bulldogs now have one more tune up before the start of Ivy League play. They host NJIT on Saturday. Tipoff at Lee Amphitheater is set for 2 p.m. Yale then opens Ivy League play next Friday, hosting Brown.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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