Brown Visits For Youth Day Matinee

Brian Katz  (phpto by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity Office)
Brian Katz (phpto by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity Office)

Bulldogs Looking To Sweep Season Series From Bears

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The 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.

Season sweeps in the Yale-Brown series have been hard to come by recently. In the last five years, the team that has won the first game has only been able to complete the sweep once (Yale in 2009). Brown didn't have an answer for Greg Mangano last Saturday. Mangano, who is 19th in the nation in rebounding (10.2 rpg.) and 25th in blocked shots (36, 2.4 per game), scored 23 points, grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and had two blocks. He is now averaging a double-double (14.6 ppg.) for the season and needs one block to reach 100 in his career, which would tie him with Matt Minoff '04 for the third most in school history. Mangano's performance overshadowed an excellent effort by Yale's defense, which held the Bears to 64 points and 37 percent shooting from the field. Brown has averaged 82.1 points in its other six home games. The Bulldogs (.419) lead the Ivy League in field goal percentage defense. Reggie Willhite also played a key role in Saturday's win. With the Yale guards struggling to score, Willhite contributed 19 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 34 minutes.


Greg Mangano was a big reason the Yale men's basketball team opened Ivy League play with an important road victory at Brown. Monday, he was rewarded by being named the league's player of week. Mangano scored 23 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds in the Bulldogs' 69-64 victory. Six of his points came at a very important point in the game. With Yale holding a slim 60-59 lead with five minutes remaining, Mangano made the Bulldogs' next three baskets to help Yale hold off the pesky Bears. He finished 11-of-17 from the field and added a pair of blocks. Mangano, a junior, from Orange, Conn., leads the league in rebounding (10.2 rpg.) and blocked shots (36) and is fourth in scoring (14.6 ppg.). He has posted double-doubles in each of the last three games. Mangano shared the honor with Columbia's Noruwa Agho, who scored 25 points in a win over Cornell.


The visiting team has now won three straight games in the series. The Bears topped Yale 75-66 last year in New Haven. One week later, Yale won in Providence 71-63. Yale leads the all-time series 96-50.


Brown (7-8, 0-1 Ivy) played its last non-conference game on Monday and knocked off Quinnipiac 87-78. Tucker Halpern scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both career highs. Brown's seven non-league wins are the third most in the program's history. Peter Sullivan (13.7 ppg., 5.8 rpg.) leads the Bears in scoring and rebounding. Yale, though, held him to four points and four rebounds last Saturday. Sullivan is 13th on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,240 career points. The Bears (.754) began the week 20th in the nation and second in the Ivy League in free throw percentage. Brown was 16-of-19 from the line in Monday's victory over Quinnipiac. 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.


Open to all Yale basketball fans and friends, the newly renovated Ivy Lounge features refreshments, a social atmosphere, and skybox viewing from one-half hour prior to tip-off through the entire game for all home Ivy League games.  The cost is $10 for all Yale Basketball Association members and $20 for non-members.  Come to the skyboxes under the scoreboard to learn more.


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


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