Yale Opens Ivy Play Against Brown For Sixth Straight Year

Will Bartlett  (phpto by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity Office)
Will Bartlett (phpto by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity Office)

Bulldogs, Bears Meet Saturday In Providence

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Ivy League play kicks off for the Bulldogs the way it almost always does, with a game against Brown. Yale travels to Providence to meet the Bears on Saturday. Tipoff at the Pizzitola Center is slated for 2 p.m.

Yale has built some positive momentum for Ivy play by winning its last two games, including an 85-57 thrashing of Baruch last Saturday. The Bulldogs were picked in the middle of the pack by most prognosticators prior to the season, but their play so far seems to indicate they can challenge for the league title. Yale's seven losses have come against teams that currently have a combined 72-37 (.661) overall record. The Bulldogs most impressive victory came at Boston College, which is currently 13-4 and sits atop the Atlantic Coast Conference. The statistic head coach James Jones is probably most pleased with is opponent field goal percentage. The Bulldogs have allowed their opponents to shoot just 42.3 percent from the field, which leads the Ivy League. Jones has been pretty consistent with his starting five but has been searching for a rotation off the bench. Fortunately there are a number of candidates. Two that have performed well as of late are Michael Grace and Brian Katz. Grace, who was hampered by an injury early in the season, has averaged 5.0 points in 11.3 minutes in the last three games. Katz is coming off a career-high 16-point performance against Baruch. A victory against Brown would be Jones's 150th at Yale. Greg Mangano continues to lead the Ivy League in rebounding (9.7 rpg.) and blocked shots (34). Austin Morgan (14.6 ppg.) leads the team in scoring and is fifth in the league.


Greg Mangano, who posted double-doubles in victories over Holy Cross and Baruch, was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday. Mangano had 15 points and 14 rebounds against Holy Cross and followed that up with an 18-point, 11-rebound effort in the win over Baruch. He shared the honor with Columbia's Noruwa Agho. In the 77-76 overtime victory over Holy Cross, Mangano scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and overtime. The 14 rebounds were one shy of his career-high, and he added three blocks. Mangano, an Orange, Conn., native, was even more efficient in the Bulldogs' easy victory over Baruch. In 21 minutes, he was 6-of-8 from the field and added three blocks, an assist and a steal. The double-doubles were the fourth and fifth of the season for Mangano


The Bulldogs have won two straight at the Pizzitola Center, including a 71-63 victory last year. Porter Braswell and Greg Mangano both played important roles in the victory. Braswell hit a three-pointer and had a key steal late in the second half, while Mangano finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. Yale and Brown have split the season series in four of the last five years. Yale and Brown are opening Ivy play against each other for the sixth straight year. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 95-50.


Like Yale, Brown is coming off a big victory, 88-55 over Lyndon State last Saturday. Peter Sullivan (13.8 ppg., 6.0 rpg.) is 10th in the Ivy League in scoring and seventh in rebounding. Freshman Dockery Walker was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday. Walker (4.6 ppg., 4.2 rpg.)  posted double-doubles against American and Lyndon State. The Bears are second in the league in free throw percentage (.748). Jesse Agel is in his third season as Brown's head coach. Agel and Yale Associate Head Coach Curtis Wilson worked together under Tom Brennan at Vermont.


Yale was picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League by the select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives. Yale, though, shouldn't put too much stock in those prognostications. The Bulldogs have finished higher than projected in four of the last five years. Princeton, which received 12 of 17 first-place votes, is the preseason Ivy League favorite. The Tigers return their top five scorers and top two rebounders. Harvard got four first-place votes and is second followed by Cornell (one first-place vote) and Penn. Brown, Columbia and Dartmouth round out the poll.



First-Place Votes in Parentheses

Rank    School                         Points

1.          Princeton (12)          128

2.          Harvard (4)                120

3.          Cornell (1)                  96

4.          Penn                            89

5.          Yale                              57

6.          Brown                         55

7.          Columbia                    48

8.          Dartmouth                19


The state of Connecticut has a rich basketball tradition. A new chapter in that history started in 2009-10 with the formation of the Connecticut 6, a partnership between six of Connecticut's Division I schools - Yale, Central Connecticut, Fairfield, Hartford, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart. The second annual Connecticut 6 Classic tripleheader was Nov. 13 at the the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. In addition to the tripleheader, a preseason All-Connecticut 6 team was selected. Greg Mangano was Yale's selection.


James Jones has made quite an impact on the Yale basketball program. In 11 seasons, Jones has guided Yale to success not seen in New Haven in 40 years. In 2001-02, Jones led the Bulldogs to their first Ivy League title since 1962-63 and the first postseason tournament victory in the 107-year history of Yale basketball. The team won 21 games, the second most in the modern era of Yale basketball, and reached the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. Jones, the longest tenured coach in the Ivy League, earned his 100th victory at Yale when the Bulldogs beat Columbia on Feb. 9, 2007. He is only the fourth coach in school history with at least 100 wins. The Bulldogs have won at least 10 Ivy games twice during his tenure and have had a .500 or better record in league play in nine of his 11 years. Four assistant coaches who worked under Jones have gone on to become head coaches - Isaiah Cavaco (Oberlin), Mark Sembrowich (Academy of Arts University), Mark Gilbride (Clarkson) and Ted Hotaling (New Haven).Jones served as an assistant coach to Villanova's Jay Wright for the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team.


  • The Bulldogs will face seven teams that reached the post-season last year – Cornell (NCAA), Vermont (NCAA), Lehigh (NCAA), Quinnipiac (NIT), Illinois (NIT), Harvard (CIT) and Princeton (CBI).
  • Yale will play five afternoon home games in Lee Amphitheater – Army (Nov. 27), Sacred Heart (Dec. 19), Lehigh (Dec. 31), Baruch College (Jan. 8) and Brown (Jan. 22). All are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
  • There were familiar faces on the opposing bench when the Bulldogs played at Boston College. Steve Donahue, who guided Cornell to the last three Ivy League titles, is in his first season as the head coach at BC. His associate head coach, Joe Jones, was the head coach at Columbia for the last seven years and is the younger brother of Yale head coach James Jones.
  • Boston College was one of six opponents that will have first-year head coaches. Hartford (John Gallagher), Holy Cross (Milan Brown), Columbia (Kyle Smith), Cornell (Bill Courtney) and Dartmouth (Paul Cormier) are the others.
  • Yale played Illinois for only the second time. The first meeting was a 71-67 Illini victory in the 1949 NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
  • Yale played Stanford for third time in the last four years. The Cardinal became the first Pac 10 to school to play in Lee Amphitheater in 2008.
  • Yale hosted a game on New Year's Eve for the first time since 1930. The Bulldogs played Lehigh in a 2 p.m. tip-off.
  • Three of the Bulldogs' first four Ivy games will be on the road.


Michael Sands has withdrawn from Yale for personal reasons and will not be with the team... Three Bulldogs took an active role in the Yale Athletic Department's annual Holiday Gift Giving Initiative. Alfonso Costa, Michael Grace and Jesse Pritchard visited Augusta Lewis Troup School on Friday, Dec. 10, to distribute gifts collected. Costa, who also plays lacrosse, is chair of Yale's Student-Athlete Community Outreach Committee...Roger Lee, the youngest son of Yale great John Lee '58, attended the Yale-Stanford game. John Lee scored 1,493 points in three seasons at Yale. Yale's home court, the John J. Lee Amphitheater, is named in his honor... Yale's home game with Princeton will be televised as part of the winter "Yale On Yes" package.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity