Overtime Thriller Goes To Cornell 85-84

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

Morgan Paces Yale With 22 Points

ITHACA, N.Y. – Johnathan Gray scored seven of his career-high 29 points in overtime to lift Cornell to an 85-84 victory over Yale before a crowd of 1,876 at Newman Arena. Chris Wroblewski added 18 points and 10 assists for the Big Red.

Austin Morgan paced the Bulldogs with 22 points, including a driving layup with five seconds left that forced the extra period. Michael Grace scored 15 points, and Jeremiah Kreisberg had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Yale (15-6, 5-2 Ivy) led by 14 points in the first half but then had to rally from a six-point second-half deficit.

The last minute of regulation was wild. Two Reggie Willhite free throws gave the Bulldogs a 67-66 lead with 57 seconds remaining, but Wroblewski immediately answered with a jumper.

Willhite then missed a jumper, and after a mad scramble for the rebound, the ball came to Morgan, who scored to give Yale a 69-68 lead with 20 seconds left.

Gray then hit a three-pointer from the wing with 12 seconds left.

Morgan, though, raced up court and hit the tying layup.

Greg Mangano blocked a Wroblewski shot as time expired to force overtime.

The pace in the extra period was just as frantic. Dwight Tarwater's jumper gave Cornell a 79-75 lead with 2:36 remaining. Morgan then hit a three-pointer, but Gray answered with a three-pointer of his own.

Willhite's three-pointer pulled Yale back within one. After a Wroblewski jumper, the Bulldogs had a chance to tie, but Morgan missed a three with nine seconds remaining. Gray grabbed the rebound, was fouled and hit one of two free throws with six seconds left.

Grace made a last-second three-pointer to cap the scoring.

The Big Red (9-12, 4-3 Ivy) made 5-of-7 shots from the field in the overtime, while Yale was 4-of-8.

Cornell was 12-of-26 from three-point range in the game. Much of the damage came from Gray, who entered the night shooting just 20.8 percent from beyond the arc but made 6-of-8.

Willhite had another solid all-around game for the Bulldogs, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds and eight assists in 41 minutes. Brandon Sherrod and Matt Townsend each contributed four points off the bench.

NOTES: The Bulldogs remain in second place in the Ivy League but now trail Harvard by two games. The Crimson knocked off Penn 56-50 at The Palestra… Newman Arena continues to be a house of horrors for the Bulldogs, who lost in the building for the eighth straight time. Two of those losses have now come in overtime, and a third was a one-point loss… Mangano, despite getting in foul trouble, finished with 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks… Yale plays at Columbia on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Lions cruised to an 86-60 win over Brown on Friday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity