Bulldogs Give Iowa State Big Scare Before Falling 80-70

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Javier Duren. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Kreisberg, Duren Both Tally Career Highs In Valiant Effort

AMES, Iowa – For 30 minutes, Yale held Iowa State's high-powered offense in check. The Cyclones, though, caught fire just in time to escape with a win.

Will Clyburn scored 17 points to lead six players in double figures as Iowa State, the sixth-highest scoring offense in the nation, rallied from a 12-point deficit to defeat the Bulldogs 80-70 before a very nervous crowd of 12,548 at Hilton Coliseum.

Yale (4-10) led 35-27 at halftime and still had a 53-47 lead midway through the second half. The Cyclones (10-3) then erupted for 33 points over the final 10:03 to earn the victory.

"I thought we played really well in the first half and did a good job on offense," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We gave ourselves a chance in the second half, but too many turnovers hurt us."

Jeremiah Kreisberg and Javier Duren both had career highs in points for the Bulldogs. Kreisberg was 6-of-8 from the field en route to a 16-point performance, while Duren shot 2-of-4 from three-point range and finished with 12 points. Freshman Justin Sears contributed 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Clyburn scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half. The Cyclones, who won for the 15th straight time at home, are the only team in the nation to score at least 70 points in every game this season.

The loss capped a difficult three-game road trip for the Bulldogs, who dropped competitive games to Nevada and Saint Mary's earlier.

"I believe we gained some good experience playing against three very good teams," Jones said. "This trip will help prepare us for Ivy League play."

Yale may have played its best half of the season in building the eight-point advantage. The Bulldogs shot 45 percent from the field, held Iowa State to 26 percent and committed only five turnovers. The Cyclones stayed close by making 10-of-18 free throws.

Yale continued its solid play early in the second half. A three-pointer from Armani Cotton pushed the lead to 46-36 four minutes in.

Iowa State pulled within four, but Michael Grace answered with a jumper in the lane and the Bulldogs still seemed to be in control.

Then, the Cyclones went to work. Korie Lucious's jumper tied the score at 55-55, and Tyrus McGhee hit a three-pointer to put ISU ahead for good with 8:39 remaining.

McGee and Georges Niang both finished with 14 points for Iowa State, who hadn't played since a 76-61 victory over UMKC on Dec. 19.

NOTES: The game was a homecoming for Yale junior Jesse Pritchard, an Ames, Iowa, native whose home is a five-minute bike ride from Hilton Coliseum. Pritchard, though, suffered an injury prior to the Albertus Magnus game in December and was unable to play… The Bulldogs grabbed 13 more offensive rebounds and finished with 54 on the three-game trip. Yale had 20 second-chance points in the game… Yale returns to New Haven tomorrow morning and will play another road game at Holy Cross on Friday. The Bulldogs then host ninth-ranked Florida on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity