January 22, 2011

Yale Locks Down Brown 59-51 To Move To 2-0 In Ivy Play

Mangano Posts Fourth Straight Double-Double With 17 Points, 12 Rebounds

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Another outstanding defensive effort has the Yale men's basketball team off to a strong start in Ivy League play. The Bulldogs held Brown to 26 percent shooting en route to a 59-51 victory before a Youth Day crowd of 1,826 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Brown's three leading scorers – Peter Sullivan, Tucker Halpern and Garrett Leffelman – were a combined 8-of-40 from the field.

"Our defense certainly had something to do with it," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "They had to rush shots, took some shots they don't normally take and we had a hand in their face."

Greg Mangano paced Yale's offense with 17 points and added 12 rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots, which were two shy of Chris Dudley's single-game school record. Jeremiah Kreisberg scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Reggie Willhite contributed eight points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists. Porter Braswell and Sam Martin each had eight points as well.

The victory allowed Yale (9-7, 2-0 Ivy) to sweep the season series from Brown for the second time in the last three years. The Bulldogs beat the Bears 69-64 last Saturday in Providence.

"All the talk all week was how [important] this game was for Brown," Willhite said. "Our attitude was that it was crucial for us so we would get a good start to the [Ivy] season."

The Bulldogs, who have won four straight games, seized control with a 13-0 run over a six-minute stretch of the first half. Kreisberg's two free throws capped the spurt and gave Yale a 28-15 lead with 3:42 remaining.

The advantage grew to 14 early in the second half before Brown made a run. Dockery Walker's free throw pulled the Bears within seven, 36-29, with 12:51 left, but they got no closer.

"They are a very streaky team, so we knew they were capable of popping a couple of three's to get back in it," Willhite said.

Like in last week's game, Yale exploited its advantage in the front court. Mangano and Kreisberg combined to make 12-of-20 shots.

"At the beginning of the year, our guards were carrying us. [Saturday's game] shows the growth we've had," Kreisberg said.

Kreisberg, a freshman, has now reached double figures in five of his last six games.

"With the defense focusing so much on Greg, it lightens the load for me," he said. "I just try to be efficient with my shooting."

Yale did struggle from the outside, making only 1-of-14 three-point attempts. In the two wins over the Bears, the Bulldogs shot just 16.1 percent (5-of-31) from beyond the arc.

"I don't think we've played our best in either game," Jones said.

NOTES: Mangano averaged 20.0 points, 14.5 rebounds and had nine blocks in the two games with Brown. The double-double was his fourth straight and seventh of the season… All eight of Martin's points came in the second half. The biggest two were on a baseline jumper with the shot clock winding down right after Brown had pulled to within seven… Mangano may have had seven blocks, but the most emphatic swat came when Willhite knocked Sullivan's three-point attempt into the stands late in the second half. Willhite's defense on Sullivan was outstanding in both games. Sullivan, who is 13th on Brown's career scoring list, had just 15 points in the two games… The Yale players signed autographs for the Youth Day crowd following the game… The Bulldogs head to Penn and Princeton next weekend.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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