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Bulldogs Fall At Harvard; Alex Zampier Sets Yale Single Season Steals Record

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

Zampier Notches 55th Steal of Season

BOSTON, Mass. - Harvard's 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.

The Bulldogs (11-18, 5-7 Ivy) had four players score in double figures. Michael Sands had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Porter Braswell also scored 11 and Raffi Mantilla had 10 points to match his career high.

Brandyn Curry added 14 points and five assists and Kyle Casey scored 13 points for the Crimson, who won its 20th game of the season for the first time in school history.

Harvard (20-6, 9-3 Ivy) scored the first seven points of the game. Yale pulled to within three, 19-16, on Sands's three-point play midway through the first half, but the Crimson answered with a 14-5 run, capped by a Lin three-pointer. Harvard, which shot 54.8 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, led 47-33 at halftime.

The Bulldogs held the Crimson to 31 points in the second half but never got closer.

Lin finished 9-of-13 from the field and made all six of his free throws. The Crimson was 14-of-16 from the foul line in the game and made 8-of-19 three-pointers.

Yale had a 35-32 edge in rebounding. The Bulldogs, though, committed 17 turnovers, which led to 26 Harvard points.

NOTES: Zampier's record breaking steal came early in the second half when he took the ball away from Lin. Zampier broke the mark set by Daniel Okonkwo in 1996-97. Zampier is also Yale's career record holder with 163 steals... Sands recorded his second straight double-double. He had 11 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's win over Dartmouth... The loss snapped the Bulldogs' four-game winning streak at Lavieties... Harvard swept the season series from Yale for the first time since 1999... The Bulldogs close out the season next weekend with home games against Columbia on Friday and Cornell on Saturday. Both games begin at 7 p.m. Zampier and fellow seniors Paul Nelson, Jordan Gibson and Josh Davis will be making their final appearance in Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity