Bulldogs Make 12 Three-Pointers; Knock Off ACC Opponent
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The three-point shot hasn't been a big weapon for the Yale men's basketball team in recent years. Early indications are that could be changing in 2010-11. The Bulldogs made nine treys Monday in a near-upset of Providence and did that three better Thursday at Boston College. The result was much better as well. Austin Morgan hit six of Yale's 12 three-pointers en route to scoring a career-high 25 points as the Bulldogs shocked Boston College 75-67 before a disappointed crowd of 3,813 at Conte Forum.
It was the Bulldogs first victory over an ACC school since a 68-65 win at Clemson in 2001-02.
"This is the biggest win of my career at Yale," said senior Porter Braswell, who scored all 16 of his points in the second half. "As a kid growing up, you watch Boston College and the ACC teams and to beat them is an incredible feeling."
Boston College's only lead of the game was 2-1. Yale (1-2) had a 14-7 advantage after seven minutes. The Eagles tied it at 19-19 with 6:33 remaining, but the Bulldogs scored the next six points and never trailed.
That doesn't mean there weren't some uncomfortable moments late in the second half. The Bulldogs led 48-32 with 13:48 left, but BC slowly chipped away. Every time the Eagles seemed to grab the momentum, though, Yale had an answer.
BC (1-1) got as close as four, 69-65, with 43 seconds left. Braswell then made four straight free throws to make it 73-65. Greg Mangano hit two foul shots with 11 seconds left to seal the victory.
"In the last six minutes, we knocked down some big shots and got some key stops," said Morgan, who was 9-of-14 from the field and made 6-of-9 three-point attempts.
In all, Yale made its last eight free throws in the game, including six by Braswell.
"I like to be in those pressure situations," said Braswell, who has made a number of big free throws late in games in his career.
Reggie Willhite added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Mangano scored eight points and also had five rebounds.
"This was one of our best wins in a long time," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball, who has now guided the Bulldogs to wins over BC, Clemson, Penn State, Rutgers and Oregon State during his tenure.
The 12 three-pointers were the most in a game by the Bulldogs since they made a school-record 15 in a win over Penn State in 2002. Yale was 12-of-21 from beyond the arc and shot 50 percent overall (26-of-52) for the game.
"We got good shots," Jones said. "Against Providence we didn't make the extra pass. Tonight, we found the open man."
Reggie Jackson paced the Eagles with 30 points.
Yale outrebounded the Eagles 31-27.
The victory came against former Cornell coach Steve Donahue, who is in his first year at the helm of BC's program. Joe Jones, James Jones' younger brother, is Donahue's associate head coach.
The road doesn't get any easier for the Bulldogs, who play at 13th-ranked Illinois next Tuesday. Tipoff is slated for 9:45 p.m. EST and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity