First-Place Princeton, Penn Pay Visit This Weekend

First-Place Princeton, Penn Pay Visit This Weekend

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The home stretch of Ivy League play begins this weekend for the Bulldogs, who host first-place Princeton on Friday before a Saturday visit from Penn. Both games tipoff at 7 p.m. Yale (12-10, 5-3 Ivy) sits in third place, 2.5 games behind Princeton and two games in back of Harvard.

The Bulldogs dropped close games to Princeton (67-63) and Penn (66-58) on the road in late January but hope the home court advantage will help change the outcome. Yale is 7-2 so far this season in the John J. Lee Amphitheater, while averaging 72 points and shooting 47.4 percent from the field in home games. James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball, has used the same starting lineup in all eight Ivy games and has been getting solid production from the group. The starters scored 135 of Yale's 144 points last weekend. Porter Braswell has scored in double figures in each of the last six games, averaging 13.7 points during the stretch. Freshman Jeremiah Kreisberg posted his first career double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) at Harvard last Friday. Greg Mangano is coming off a career-high 30-point performance in last Saturday's 69-60 victory at Dartmouth. Mangano currently leads the league in rebounding (9.7 rpg.) and blocks (2.9 per game) and shares the lead in scoring (16.0 ppg.). His 64 blocks on the season are three shy of Chris Dudley's school record set in 1986-87. Nationally, Mangano is 15th in blocks and 29th in rebounding.


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.


Friday's game with Princeton is Yale Employee Night. All Yale staff and faculty receive two free tickets with a valid Yale ID.


Yale is second in the Ivy League in field goal percentage defense (.420) and blocks (100, 4.5 per game) and third in scoring defense (67.0 ppg.) and free throw percentage (.737). In Ivy only games, the Bulldogs have a league best 46 blocks. Yale is second in scoring defense (65.4) and field goal percentage defense (.416).


Yale and Princeton have met at least once every year since 1902, which ties the series with Yale-Columbia as the oldest continuous series in Division I. The Tigers have won the last four meetings and lead the series 142-80. In the first meeting this year, Yale trailed 64-63 and had possession with a minute remaining, but a turnover helped Princeton escape with the win. Reggie Willhite paced the Bulldogs with 13 points.

The Bulldogs will be looking to earn a split of the season series with Penn for the third straight year. Greg Mangano scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but the Quakers earned a 66-58 victory at The Palestra earlier this year. Penn leads the all-time series 143-69.

The Bulldogs have swept the Princeton-Penn home weekend three times during James Jones' tenure as head coach at Yale.


Princeton (19-4, 7-0 Ivy) is one of two league-undefeated teams in Division I men's basketball, alongside Texas (23-3, 11-0 Big 12). The Tigers are 7-0 in Ivy play for the first time since 1999. Princeton leads the league as a team in scoring defense (63.1 ppg), in field goal percentage (.472), in field goal percentage defense (.415), in 3-point field goal percentage (.376) and in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.327). The Tigers have four players averging double figures in scoring, led by Ian Hummer (14.0 ppg.).


Ivy League play has proven to be heartbreaking for the Quakers (9-12, 3-4 Ivy). Penn lost three straight league games in overtime, including a double overtime 83-82 decision to Harvard. Four players average double figures in scoring, led by Zack Rosen (14.5 ppg.). Rosen was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection last year. Jack Eggleton (14.4 ppg., 8.1 rpg.) is sixth in the league in scoring and third in rebounding. Eggleston (38.3) and Rosen (36.9) are first and second in the league in minutes played. Penn plays at Brown on Friday night.


• Yale shot 82.6 percent (38-of-46) from the three throw line in the two games.               

• Yale's bench was outscored 50-9 in the two games.

• There were 11 ties and 13 lead changes in Yale's game with Harvard.

• The Bulldogs shot 52.1 percent from the field and outrebounded the Crimson 30-24. Harvard, though, scored 22 points off 18 Yale turnovers.

Austin Morgan was 4-for-4 from three-point range and 10-for-10 from the foul line against the Crimson.

• The Bulldogs have won four straight and eight of the last nine games against the Big Green.


Greg Mangano, who scored a career-high 30 points in Yale's 69-60 victory over Dartmouth on Saturday, was named the Ivy League Player of the Week. In two games over the weekend, Mangano averaged 24.5 points and shot 60 percent from the field. It was the fourth time this season he has been recognized by the league. He shared this week's honor with Harvard's Keith Wright.

Against the Big Green, Mangano was 11-of-19 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds to post his eighth double-double of the season. His 30 points were the most by a Yale player since Alex Zampier scored 31 against Harvard last February.

The night before, Mangano scored 19 points, grabbed four rebounds and had three blocks against Harvard, despite being limited to 24 minutes because of foul trouble. He was 7-of-11 from the field against the Crimson, including 3-for-4 from three-point range.

Mangano currently leads the league in rebounding (9.7 rpg.) and blocks (2.9 per game) and shares the lead in scoring (16.0 ppg.). His 64 blocks on the season are three shy of Chris Dudley's school record set in 1986-87.


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' most impressive victory during the non-conference season was a 75-67 win at Boston College on Nov. 18. Yale made a season-high 12 three-pointers in the game. BC's only lead was 2-1. The Eagles are currently 15-9 overall and 5-5 in the ACC...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