Second-Half Surge Leads Stanford Past Yale

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Reggie Willhite. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Morgan Paces Bulldogs With 15 Points

PALO ALTO, Calif. – The final score may not indicate it, but the Yale men's basketball team gave Stanford all it could handle Tuesday night. The Cardinal needed a 12-0 run midway through the second half to hold off the pesky Bulldogs, escaping with a 60-44 win before a nervous crowd of 5,942 at Maples Pavilion. There were seven ties and 14 lead changes in the game.

"I thought we played pretty well for 30 minutes or so," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "But the game's not 30 minutes long."

Two Porter Braswell free throws gave Yale a 37-36 lead with 13:25 remaining in the second half. The Bulldogs, though, were held scoreless for the next eight minutes, and Stanford's leading scorer, Jeremy Green, who had been held pretty much in check until that point, got hot. Green hit a pair of three-pointers as the Cardinal ran off 12 straight points to seize control.

"We had some difficulty identifying Green, who was able to make some shots," Jones said.

Green scored 11 of his team-high 15 points in the second half before leaving with an ankle injury. Josh Owens added 12 points for the Cardinal.

Austin Morgan paced the Bulldogs with 15 points and was 4-of-5 from three-point range. Jeremiah Kreisberg, a Berkeley, Calif., native who was playing in front of a number of family and friends, had 11 points and five rebounds off the bench. Greg Mangano grabbed nine rebounds but was held scoreless. Braswell finished with nine points.

Yale (5-6) shot just 31.7 percent from the field in the game.

"They're a pretty good defensive team," Jones said. "Their overall length hurt us. That's not something we see every day in practice. You can't get ready for that until you play against them."

Early on, it looked like Yale would put itself in position to pull off an upset. Morgan's third three-pointer of the first half, gave the Bulldogs a 13-11 lead with 8:43 left. The Cardinal (7-4) answered with a 9-2 run, but Yale fought back. Jesse Pritchard made two free throws to tie the score at 20, and Kreisberg's layup with five seconds left allowed the Bulldogs to take a 27-26 lead at the intermission.

Yale made four three-pointers, all seven of its free throws and outrebounded Stanford 19-12 in the opening 20 minutes.

Stanford, which entered the night shooting just 35 percent from three-point range, made 8-of-14 treys in the game.

NOTES: The game also was a homecoming for Reggie Willhite, an Elk Grove, Calif., native. Willhite had a large contingent of supporters on hand as well… Yale made 14-of-16 free throws, while Stanford was just 10-of-22 from the foul line… Roger Lee, the youngest son of Yale great John Lee '58, resides in Palo Alto with his wife and three children and was at the game. John Lee scored 1,493 points in three seasons in a Yale uniform. He was a member of the Ivy League Silver Anniversary All Star team. Yale's home court, the John J. Lee Amphitheater, is named in his honor… Mark Sembrowich, who spent two years as an assistant under James Jones and is now the head coach of the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, brought his team to the game… The Bulldogs fly back East on Wednesday and will host Lehigh on Friday. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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