Mangano Named Ivy League Player Of Week

Greg Mangano (Photo by Don Clark, Yale SportsPublicity)
Greg Mangano (Photo by Don Clark, Yale SportsPublicity)

Shares Honor With Penn's Zack Rosen

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Greg Mangano picked up right where he left off last season by scoring 23 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking two shots as Yale opened the season with an impressive 73-69 victory over Central Connecticut on Friday at the Connecticut 6 Classic. That performance earned him Ivy League Player of the Week honors. He shared the honor with Penn's Zack Rosen, who tallied 26 points in the Quakers' victory over UMBC.

Fifteen of Mangano's points came in the second half as the Bulldogs rallied from a 34-30 deficit. Eight of those points came during Yale's 16-1 run to open the second half. Mangano also made three free throws in the final 38 seconds, including one with 5.9 seconds left, to help seal the win.

Mangano is coming off a season at Yale in which he finished ninth in the nation in blocked shots (3.0 per game) and 24th in rebounding (10.0 rpg.). He averaged 16.3 points and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection. Mangano led the Ivy League in rebounding and blocked shots and was second in scoring. He was the first Ivy player to average a double-double for the season since Harvard's Kyle Snowden in 1995-96. His numbers were even more impressive in Ivy games where he averaged 18.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, which both led the league.

Reggie Willhite was recognized for his strong opening game as well, earning a spot on the Ivy Honor Roll. Willhite matched his career high with 21 points and added six rebounds, six steals and five assists. He was 9-of-14 from the field and helped hold Central's Robby Ptacek to just seven points. Ptacek averaged nearly 15 points last season.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday when they play at Quinnipiac.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity