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Bulldogs Fall At Penn In Regular Season Finale

Greg Kelley (Ron Waite photo)
Greg Kelley (Ron Waite photo)

Mangano, Kreisberg Pace Yale With 10 Points Apiece

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Defense has been a big reason why Penn is still in the hunt for the Ivy League title. Yale got to witness that first hand Saturday at the Palestra. The Quakers held the Bulldogs to 27.5 percent shooting from the field en route to a 68-47 victory before an enthusiastic crowd of 4,962.

Penn (19-11, 11-2 Ivy) remains a half-game behind Harvard. The Crimson wrapped up the regular season with a 67-63 win at Cornell to finish at 12-2 in Ivy play. The Quakers must beat Princeton on Tuesday to force a one-game playoff with Harvard for the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Bulldogs finish the regular season with a 19-9 overall record and a 9-5 Ivy mark. Yale is a good candidate for some kind of post-season play. The 19 wins are the most for the Bulldogs since the 2001-02 team won 21. It is only the eighth time in school history that Yale has won at least 19 games.

Greg Mangano and Jeremiah Kreisberg each scored 10 points to pace the Bulldogs.

Senior Zack Rosen, who was playing his last regular season game in the Palestra, led the Quakers with 20 points. Rob Belcore added 11.

"Penn is a very, very good defensive team," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We tried to move the ball and work it inside, but we didn't finish strong enough."

Reggie Willhite, Yale's second leading scorer, was limited by a hip injury suffered Friday against Princeton, and the Bulldogs were without the services of Michael Grace, who also suffered an injury against the Tigers.

Penn, which has won seven straight, shot 50 percent from the field and held Yale to 24 percent in the first half. Nine Quaker turnovers, though, helped the Bulldogs stay in the game, as they trailed by only eight, 30-22, at the intermission.

Penn then used a 20-2 run to open the second half to put the game away.

Greg Kelley scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in five minutes off the bench in the second half for Yale. Armani Cotton and Javier Duren each scored three points.

NOTES: The Quakers outrebounded Yale 33-29 in the game… The Bulldogs were just 1-of-12 from three-point range… Yale did shoot 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the free throw line… With Yale starting spring break on Monday, Jones has given the players the next five days off. The Bulldogs will begin practicing for the post season next Friday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity