Bulldogs Roll Past Vermont 68-52

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Michael Grace. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Mangano Scores 22 Points, Grabs 15 Rebounds

NEW HAVEN, Conn. –  A strong start helped the Yale men's basketball team to a very impressive win Saturday. The Bulldogs built a 38-20 lead at halftime and cruised to a surprisingly easy 68-52 victory over Vermont before a crowd of 1,205 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

The Catamounts have been to the postseason in seven of the last nine years and already have an impressive win at Old Dominion on their resume.

Yale dominated the first half. The Bulldogs shot 54.2 percent from the field and held UVM to 30.8 percent in building the 18-point halftime advantage.

 "It was probably one of our better halves in a few years," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "I thought we did a great job on the defensive end."

At 5-2 overall, the Bulldogs are off to their best start since 2002-03.

Greg Mangano had another big game, finishing with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Jeremiah Kreisberg and Austin Morgan both scored 14, and Reggie Willhite and Michael Grace each contributed eight.

But it was at the defensive end where the Bulldogs really shined. Vermont made 3-of-13 three-pointers and shot just 35 percent from the field for the game. Yale also had a 39-29 edge in rebounding.

"We won this game because we defended and rebounded," Jones said. "Offensively, we did enough to be pretty good."

Four McGlynn was the only Catamount to score in double figures, finishing with 16 points.

Mangano reached the 20-point mark for the third time this season and recorded his third double-double.

"They were pretty much playing us one-on-one in the post," said Mangano, who was 9-of-16 from the field. "With any of our post players, if we're being played one-on-one, we're going to look to score."

The Bulldogs were playing in Lee Amphitheater for only the second time this season. The other was a 101-37 win over Lyndon State on Nov. 17.

"It was nice to be back home," Mangano said. "This is the gym we practice in and feel comfortable in."

Yale was comfortable right from the start. The Bulldogs led 14-4 after six minutes and then scored the last nine points of the first half to take command. The Catamounts (4-3) never got closer than 12 in the second half.

NOTES: The victory was Yale's first over Vermont since 2007. The Catamounts had won the last three meetings… Mangano's double-double was the 18th of his career… Freshman Matt Townsend, who has been battling an injury, made the first appearance of his career, grabbed four rebounds and blocked a shot in nine minutes… Grace made the first start of his career… The Bulldogs are right back on the road on Monday, travelling to Sacred Heart for a 7 p.m. tip.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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