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Bulldogs Notch Key Ivy League Win; Top Brown 71-63

Paul Nelson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Paul Nelson. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Zampier Scores 22, Mangano Adds Double-Double In Win

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  - Nobody had to tell Alex Zampier the importance of Friday's Ivy League men's 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.

"If you [start] 0-2, you're not going to reach your ultimate goal," said Zampier, who scored nine of his points in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Yale (7-12, 1-1 Ivy) led from start to finish, but it got dicey in the final minutes. The Bears cut a 14-point deficit to one, 55-54, with 6:55 remaining. Michael Sands then made two free throws, and Porter Braswell hit a big three-pointer to push the lead back to six. Brown got back within three in the final minute, but Paul Nelson hit two free throws with 33 seconds left, and Braswell notched a key steal on the Bears' next possession to seal the victory.

"You never want to start 0-2," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "To get a win on the road should give our guys some confidence."

Greg Mangano was the only other Bulldog to score in double figures, finishing with 12 points. He added 11 rebounds and five blocked shots before fouling out. Nelson scored eight points and was 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Sands added seven points and eight rebounds, while Braswell and Josh Davis each had six points. Austin Morgan contributed five points.

Matt Mullery paced Brown (7-12, 1-1 Ivy) with 19 points. Garrett Leffelman scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, and Tucker Halpern had six points and 10 rebounds.

After making only 3-of-18 three-pointers in last Friday's 75-66 loss to the Bears, the Bulldogs were determined to get the ball inside this time. It paid dividends early. Mangano, Yale's 6-10 center, scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half. The Bulldogs led 12-2 after four minutes and withstood a couple of Brown runs to hold a 37-27 lead at halftime.

Twenty of Yale's points in the first 20 minutes came in the paint, and the Bulldogs outrebounded Brown 22-16.

"We wanted to get more post touches," Jones said.

That freed up space for Zampier, who scored 13 points in the second half.

"We got the ball inside and that helped open things up for the guards," said Zampier, who had four steals in the game.

Yale held Brown to 39.3 percent shooting from the field and had seven blocked shots. The Bulldogs also had a 39-35 edge on the boards.

Yale has won three of its last four games.

The Bulldogs are back at the John J. Lee Amphitheater next weekend, hosting Penn on Friday at 7 p.m. and Princeton on Saturday at 6 p.m.

"Hopefully this will carry over and we will have a good week of practice," Jones said.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity