Kreisberg Named To Israel Under-20 National TeamJeremiah Kreisberg, who started all 14 Ivy League games last year and was the recipient of the team’s John C. Cobb Award as rookie of the year, has been named to the Israel Under-20 national team. He will play in the U20 European Championship from July 14-24 in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Yale Honors Five Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior ReceptionFive seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The women's fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Alfonso Costa (Pittsburgh, Pa.) of the men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse teams and Annie Killian (Nashville, Tenn.) of the women’s swimming & diving team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Lidia Gocheva (Sofia, Bulgaria) of the women’s fencing team and Alex Gornitzky (Toms River, N.J.) of the men’s swimming and diving team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Killian and Shane Bannon (Southbury, Conn.) of the football team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.
Yale Basketball In China BlogThe Yale men’s basketball team is getting an early start to the 2011-12 season. The Bulldogs are headed to China for nine days. The team leaves on Monday and will visit Chengdu and Shanghai. Yale will play four games against Chinese universities. The opener is May 19 against the University of Electronic Science and Technology.
Mangano Withdraws From NBA DraftGreg Mangano has withdrawn from the 2011 NBA Draft and will remain at Yale for his senior season. He submitted his letter to the NBA offices on Friday.
Mangano Submits Paperwork To Declare For NBA DraftGreg Mangano, who became the first Yale player to average a double-double for the season since Chris Dudley in 1986-87, submitted the necessary paperwork to declare for this year’s National Basketball Association Draft. He has not hired an agent and has followed all of the guidelines to retain his eligibility.
Willhite Elected 2011-12 Yale Men’s Basketball CaptainReggie Willhite, who had career-highs in points (9.4 ppg.), rebounds (4.4 rpg.), assists (68) and steals (40) this year as a junior, has been elected captain of the 2011-12 Yale men’s basketball team. The announcement came at Wednesday night’s post-season banquet following a team vote.
Ivy League Releases 2011 Winter Academic All-Ivy RecipientsThe Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011 All-Ivy Academic honors in winter sports. The 80 men and women, including 10 from Yale, were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages.
Yale Student-Athletes Start Eli’s FriendsThis spring semester saw the start of Eli’s Friends, a student-athlete run program that supports young patients at the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. The program was founded by Alfonso Costa (Men's Basketball and Lacrosse) and Michael Pratt (Men's Lacrosse) and currently consists of 14 student-athletes who have gone through an extensive training to become volunteers with this organization. The students, listed below, go to the hospital in various groups every Monday – Friday from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.
James Jones To Serve As Analyst On CBS College Sports TVJames Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men’s Basketball at Yale, will appear as a guest analyst on the CBS College Sports Television Network’s Full Court Press show this weekend. Jones will be on Saturday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and again from 10 to 11:30 p.m. to help breakdown the NCAA Tournament games. It is the second straight year Jones has appeared on the network.
Yale Invited To Participate In CBIThe Yale men’s basketball team, which finished third in a very competitive Ivy League, was invited to participate in the 2011 College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen. Yale, however, was forced to decline the invitation. The school has been on a two-week spring break since the regular season ended on Mar. 5, and several players are travelling overseas. Efforts were made to try and bring the players back to campus, but the earliest that could happen was Tuesday, the day the tournament gets under way.
Mangano Earns NABC All-District HonorsGreg Mangano, who led the Ivy League in rebounding (10.0 rpg.) and blocked shots (85) and was second in scoring (16.3 ppg.), has earned all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He was selected to the second team in District 13.
Mangano Named First Team All-IvyGreg Mangano had one of the most productive seasons in recent memory for the Yale men’s basketball team. Wednesday, he was rewarded for that success by being named a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection.
Kreisberg Named Ivy League Rookie Of WeekJeremiah Kreisberg, who made the winning basket in Yale’s 70-69 victory over Harvard on Saturday, has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. In the Bulldogs’ weekend sweep, Kreisberg shot 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from the field, averaged 13.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.
Fantastic Finish: Bulldogs Topple Harvard 70-69Jeremiah Kreisberg’s layup with 41 seconds left off a perfect feed from Reggie Willhite lifted Yale to a thrilling 70-69 victory over Harvard before a raucous crowd of 2,249 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Class of 2011 Made Most Of Yale ExperienceThree Yale seniors – Porter Braswell, Alfonso Costa and Raffi Mantilla – will be making their final appearance in the John J. Lee Amphitheater this weekend. For each, the journey to the final home weekend was different. One thing, though, they each share is wonderful memories of their experiences, both on and off the court.
Senior Night Highlights Final Home WeekendThe Bulldogs' final home weekend brings visits from Dartmouth and first-place Harvard. Yale meets the Big Green on Friday at 7 p.m. before the showdown with Harvard on Saturday at 6 p.m. Seniors Porter Braswell, Alfonso Costa and Raffi Mantilla will be making their final appearance in the John J. Lee Amphitheater and will be honored prior to Saturday's game.
Bulldogs Drop Last Second Heartbreaker To Penn 60-58No team has faced more heartbreak in Ivy League play this season than Penn. Three of the Quakers’ four league losses have come in overtime. So, perhaps Penn was due to win a thriller. Unfortunately for most of the 1,983 fans that showed up at the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday, it came at Yale’s expense.
First-Place Princeton, Penn Pay Visit This WeekendThe home stretch of Ivy League play begins this weekend for the Bulldogs, who host first-place Princeton on Friday before a Saturday visit from Penn. Both games tipoff at 7 p.m. Yale (12-10, 5-3 Ivy) sits in third place, 2.5 games behind Princeton and two games in back of Harvard.
Friday’s Yale-Princeton Game Televised? YESYale fans who can’t make it to Friday’s men’s basketball against Princeton will still be able to follow the action. The game will be televised on the YES Network as part of the Yale On Yes package. Chris Shearn will handle the play-by-play duties, while Tim Capstraw provides commentary. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Mangano Earns Ivy League Player Of Week Honors – AgainGreg Mangano, who scored a career-high 30 points in Yale’s 69-60 victory over Dartmouth on Saturday, has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week. In two games over the weekend, Mangano averaged 24.5 points and shot 60 percent from the field. It was the fourth time this season he has been recognized by the league. He shared this week’s honor with Harvard’s Keith Wright.
Mangano Scores 30; Bulldogs Handle Dartmouth 69-60Greg Mangano scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Yale cruised to a 69-60 victory at Leede Arena. Mangano was 11-of-19 from the field. Reggie Willhite added 13 points and Porter Braswell scored 12.
Key Road Weekend Awaits BulldogsThe Bulldogs, winners of six of their last eight games, have had some success on the road this season. Yale has won at Boston College and at Holy Cross and played well in narrow losses to Providence and Vermont, both of whom have top 100 RPIs. The Bulldogs need a productive road trip this weekend when they travel to Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
Thriller Goes To Harvard 78-75Yale did a number of things well in Friday’s matchup with Harvard. The Bulldogs shot 52.1 percent from the field and outrebounded the Crimson 30-24. Harvard, though, scored 22 points off 18 Yale turnovers and escaped with a hard-fought 78-75 victory before a crowd of 1,763 at Lavietes Pavilion.
Bulldogs Topple Columbia 72-67; Complete Weekend SweepYale didn’t need any last-minute heroics to knock off Columbia on Saturday. The Bulldogs, who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final two minutes in Friday’s win over Cornell, built a 16-point halftime lead in a 72-67 victory before 1,365 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Busy Home Stretch Starts With Visits From Cornell, ColumbiaThe Bulldogs have a little less margin for error after dropping a pair of close road games last week. Fortunately Yale plays six of its next eight games in the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater, starting Friday against Cornell. Yale is 5-2 at home this season. Tipoff against the Big Red is slated for 7 p.m., while the Bulldogs have a 6 p.m. date with Columbia on Saturday.
Miraculous Comeback Lifts Yale Past Cornell 71-70There probably weren’t many fans in the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Friday who thought the Bulldogs were going to win when they trailed Cornell by eight points with three minutes remaining. James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach still believed, and his faith was rewarded. Austin Morgan’s three-point play with 12 seconds left capped a stunning comeback as Yale escaped with a thrilling 71-70 victory over the Big Red.
Princeton Holds Off Yale 67-63For the second straight night, the Yale men’s basketball team nearly rallied to earn an important Ivy League road win. Instead, the Bulldogs came up just short. Princeton built a 10-point halftime lead and then held on for a 67-63 victory before a crowd of 2,658 at Jadwin Gym.
Trip To Penn, Princeton On Tap This WeekendThe Bulldogs, winners of their last four games, head south to face Penn and Princeton this weekend. Yale takes on the Quakers Friday at 7 p.m. at The Palestra and then has a 6 p.m. date with Princeton on Saturday.
Comeback Falls Short At PennA slow start doomed the Yale men’s basketball team Friday against Penn. The Quakers built an early 18-point lead and then had to sweat out a number of Yale comebacks before holding on for a 66-58 victory before a crowd of 3,086 at The Palestra.
Yale Sweeps Weekly Ivy League HonorsYale’s frontcourt played a big role in Saturday’s 59-51 victory over Brown on Saturday. Greg Mangano (Orange, CT) and Jeremiah Kreisberg (Berkeley, CA) combined to make 12-of-20 shots from the field and score 30 points. The two were honored by the Ivy League for their performances on Monday. Mangano, who had 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks, was named the Player of the Week, while Kreisberg, who scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, was chosen Rookie of the Week.
Brown Visits For Youth Day MatineeThe Bulldogs will be looking to complete a season sweep when Brown comes to town on Saturday. Yale topped the Bears 69-64 last weekend in Providence. Tipoff on Youth Day at the John J. Lee Amphitheater is slated for 2 p.m. Children ages 14-and-under will be admitted free, and there will be a post-game autograph session with the Yale players.
Yale Locks Down Brown 59-51 To Move To 2-0 In Ivy PlayAnother outstanding defensive effort has the Yale men’s basketball team off to a strong start in Ivy League play. The Bulldogs held Brown to 26 percent shooting en route to a 59-51 victory before a Youth Day crowd of 1,826 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.