Yale Finishes With 15 Overall Wins, Eight Ivy Victories
ITHACA, N.Y. – There would be no miracle comeback for the Yale men's basketball team in the season finale against Cornell.
The Big Red built a 13-point lead early in the second half and held off a couple of Yale rallies en route to a 68-55 victory before a crowd of 2,008 at Newman Arena.
The Bulldogs overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Cornell 71-70 in the first meeting back in February.
Yale shot just 35 percent from the field, 13.3 percent from three-point range and 55 percent from the foul line.
"Take nothing away from Cornell. They played well, but we didn't have our legs after a double overtime win last night and a long bus ride," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We just did not have a lot to offer on the offensive end."
Greg Mangano paced the Bulldogs with 18 points, completing a breakout season for the junior. He averaged 16.3 points and 10.0 points, becoming the first Yale player to average a double-double for the season since Chris Dudley (17.6 ppg., 13.3 rpg.) in 1986-87 and the first Ivy player since Harvard's Kyle Snowden (15.1 ppg, 11.1 rpg.) in 1995-96. In addition, Mangano had a school record 85 blocks, which is the third most in Ivy history.
Mangano was even better in Ivy games where he averaged 18.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, which both led the league. His 51 blocks in league games is a new Ivy record as well.
"I think Greg should be the Ivy League Player of the Year and the defensive player of the year," Jones said.
The Bulldogs finished with a 15-13 overall record and an 8-6 Ivy mark. They will finish third. The only question is whether they share it with Penn. The Quakers (7-6) close out their season by hosting Princeton on Tuesday night at The Palestra.
"We were picked fifth in the preseason. Every year we are picked lower than we should be," Jones said. "Hopefully next year we'll be picked second."
"We'll miss their leadership," Jones said.
Drew Ferry paced Cornell with 15 points off the bench. The Big Red (10-18, 6-8 Ivy) won six of its last nine games to end the season.
NOTES: Mangano narrowly missed out on the Ivy League's overall scoring title. He entered the night tied with Columbia's Noruwa Agho. Agho, though, scored 31 points in the Lions' 91-74 victory over Brown to finish at 16.8 ppg… The Bulldogs have now finished fourth or better in Ivy play in each of the last 11 years… The 15 overall wins are the most for the Bulldogs since the 2005-06 season… Cornell's bench scored 42 points in the game… Yale is tentatively scheduled to open the 2011-12 season on Nov. 12 against Central Connecticut in the Connecticut 6 Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity