Princeton Holds Off Yale 67-63

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Rhett Anderson (Photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity )

Four Bulldogs Score In Double Figures

PRINCETON, N.J. – For the second straight night, the Yale men's basketball team nearly rallied to earn an important Ivy League road win. Instead, the Bulldogs came up just short. Princeton built a 10-point halftime lead and then held on for a 67-63 victory before a crowd of 2,658 at Jadwin Gym.

"We battled the whole time and kept working to get back in it," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball, "but in key moments down the stretch we didn't make the right play."

Two free throws from Austin Morgan pulled Yale within 64-63 with 1:30 left. After a Princeton miss, the Bulldogs had possession, but a turnover gave the ball back to the Tigers. Mack Darrow hit two foul shots to give Princeton a 66-63 lead with 19 seconds left.

Yale elected to go for a quick two, but Kareem Maddox blocked Porter Braswell's shot. Dan Mavraides grabbed the rebound and was fouled with eight seconds remaining. He missed the first free throw, but hit the second to seal the victory for the Tigers (14-4, 2-0 Ivy).

Reggie Willhite led four Yale players in double figures with 13 points. Morgan and Greg Mangano both had 11 points, and Braswell finished with 10 points. Rhett Anderson contributed eight points and five rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.

"Rhett played very well," Jones said.

Douglas Davis paced Princeton with 18 points. Maddox added 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocks off the bench.

Both teams started the game hot from the field. The score was tied 10-10 just 2 minutes, 30 seconds in, and 20-20 after nine minutes.

The Bulldogs, though, had one cold stretch in the first half, and Princeton took advantage. Yale went nearly five minutes without scoring, and the Tigers built an 11-point lead late in the half.

The advantage grew to 13 early in the second half, and Princeton still had a 13-point lead with eight minutes remaining before Yale rallied. Willhite started a 16-5 run with a three-pointer and then capped it with a layup that pulled the Bulldogs within 63-61 with 3:24 left.

NOTES: Princeton shot 53.2 percent from the field in the game, the first time a Yale opponent shot better than 50 percent since Vermont on Dec. 4, a stretch of 10 games… The Tigers were 16-of-25 (64 percent) in the first half… Morgan, who was 3-of-5 from three-point range, had six assists… Willhite had four steals… Yale was just 9-of-16 from the foul line… Both coaching staffs participated in the Coaches' vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend. The coaches wore sneakers with their suits to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. The referees all used pink whistles… The Bulldogs are back home next weekend, hosting Cornell on Friday at 7 p.m. and Columbia on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity