All Five Starters Score In Double Figures As Yale Tops Army 87-79 In Home Opener
Mangano Leads Way With 27 Points, 15 Rebounds
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The season is only five games old, but the Yale men's basketball team is already showing it can win in different ways. Against Boston College, the Bulldogs made 12 three-pointers en route to a 75-67 victory. In Saturday's home opener against Army, Yale dominated on the inside, outscoring the Black Knights 32-14 in the paint in an impressive 87-79 victory before a matinee crowd of 1,724 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Bulldogs, led by Greg Mangano, who had 27 points and 15 rebounds, both career highs. Porter Braswell added 16 points and five assists. Austin Morgan scored 13 points, and Rhett Anderson and Reggie Willhite each contributed 12.
"It's really important that we share the ball and find the open man," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We have enough guys that can make shots."
Yale finished with 17 assists on 25 field goals.
Army didn't have any one big enough to match up with the 6-foot-10 Mangano, and Yale took advantage. Mangano was 8-of-14 from the field and made 9-of-12 free throws.
"I felt good and my teammates backed me up," he said.
The Black Knights (4-2) stayed in the game with some terrific outside shooting. Army shot 56 percent (14-of-25) from three-point range.
"It seemed like they made every shot," Jones said.
The Bulldogs (2-3) trailed 72-69 with 6:19 remaining but went on a 9-0 run to seize control. Morgan had five points during the stretch. Army pulled to within four on Jeremy Hence's layup, but Yale scored the next five points, all from the free throw line. The Black Knights never got closer than six the rest of the way.
"We got some stops when we really needed to in the second half," Jones said.
The Bulldogs finished 32-of-40 from the foul line in the game and made 11 in the last 2:30.
Julian Simmons led Army with 28 points, and Jason Pancoe added 16.
The first half featured one tie and 10 lead changes. Yale had a 10-5 advantage after three minutes, but the Black Knights responded with a 21-7 run, capped by a Pancoe three-pointer, to take their biggest lead, 26-17.
Mangano then got hot. He scored 13 of his 15 first-half points in the last eight minutes as the Bulldogs erased the deficit and took a 45-39 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Yale shot 54.3 percent from the field in the game.
"If we can duplicate this [performance], then we'll be a pretty good basketball team," Jones said.
NOTES: Rhett Anderson's 12 points and seven rebounds were both career highs… Braswell matched his career high with 16 points… The double-double was the fourth of Mangano's career… Yale outrebounded Army 37-25… Yale won its home opener for the first time since an 82-71 victory over Sacred Heart to kick off the 2007-08 season… Of the 166 points scored in the game, 152 came from the starters… The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday when they host Hartford. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity