Seton Hall Holds Off Yale 73-62

Michael Grace (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Michael Grace (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Kreisberg Posts Double-Double For Bulldogs

NEWARK, N.J. – For much of Tuesday night's game, the Yale men's basketball team stayed right with Seton Hall. The Pirates, though, had two big spurts and escaped with a 73-62 victory over the pesky Bulldogs before a crowd of 6,287 at the Prudential Center.

The Bulldogs led 28-25 late in the first half before the Pirates used a 13-3 run to take a 37-31 lead at the intermission. Yale pulled within two, 48-46, midway through the second half, but Seton Hall scored the next 15 points. The Bulldogs made one last push, getting within seven with 1:14 left but couldn't complete the comeback.

"They started the second half in man-to-man [defense] and we were able to take advantage," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "They went back to zone, and we struggled. We need to move the ball and hit the open man and we didn't do that."

Yale also didn't do a very good job of taking care of the basketball. The Bulldogs committed 22 turnovers, which led to 25 points for Seton Hall.

Jeremiah Kreisberg scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds to lead Yale. Greg Mangano also had 14 points, while Reggie Willhite and Austin Morgan each had 11.

Fuquan Edwin scored 20 points, and Herb Pope added 17 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Pirates (4-1). Jordan Theodore, who entered the game averaging nearly 20 points, was held to just 13 but contributed on defense and hit some big foul shots down the stretch.

"Theodore did a great job pressing our guards," Jones said.

Yale (2-2) started the game strong, building a 15-7 lead after seven minutes. The Bulldogs also came out of the gate strong in the second half, opening with a 9-4 run, capped by a Mangano layup off a nice feed from Kreisberg.

That, however, was one of few easy baskets Yale was able to get. Seton Hall outscored the Bulldogs 42-18 in the paint and had a 20-2 edge in fast break points.

"I thought we did a great job defensively in the second half in the half court," Jones said. "There's no defense, though, on layups in transition off turnovers."

Michael Grace had seven points and three assists in 24 minutes off the bench for Yale, and freshman Brandon Sherrod contributed three points and five rebounds in 15 minutes.

Notes: This was the first meeting between Yale and Seton Hall since 1943… The Pirates were playing their fourth game in the last six days. They reached the championship game of the Charleston Classic over the weekend but lost to Northwestern… Kreisberg's double-double was the second of his career. He also did it against Harvard last year… Both teams had 37 rebounds… The Bulldogs held the Pirates to just 38.5 percent from the field in the second half… Seton Hall was 21-of-31 from the free throw line, while Yale was 8-of-12… The Bulldogs are off until Saturday when they play at Army. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity