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Bulldogs Roll In Final Non-Conference Game

Greg Kelley. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Greg Kelley. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Cruises To 104-39 Victory Over Oberlin

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale made the most of its final tune up before the start of Ivy League play. The Bulldogs shot nearly 70 percent from the field and 62 percent from three-point range en route to a 104-39 victory over Oberlin before a matinee crowd of 1,006 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

All 13 players that dressed scored. Javier Duren and Matt Townsend each tallied 12 points to lead the way. Justin Sears and Greg Kelley added 10 points apiece.

 "Everybody should have a positive taste in their mouth," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "That will help our energy in practice this week."

Yale (6-11) opens the league season next Saturday at Brown.

Yale's depth was again on display as the reserves combined for 63 points. The Bulldogs' bench has now outscored their opponents reserves in four of the last five games, including last Sunday's loss to 13th-ranked Florida.

"Everyone off the bench can produce," said Duren, who was 6-of-7 from the field and added six rebounds and five assists. "I think that is what sets us apart from other teams."

The starting five was pretty effective as well. Sears, Jeremiah Kreisberg, Austin Morgan, Michael Grace and Armani Cotton combined to make 15-of-22 shots from the field. Morgan was 3-of-3 from three point range to finish with nine points, Kreisberg and Cotton each contributed eight points and Grace had six points and three assists in 16 minutes.

The 65-point margin of victory was the largest in school history.

Any thought of a letdown after the game with Florida was quickly put to rest. The Bulldogs scored the first four points of the game and never trailed. Still, Oberlin was down by only 10, 25-15, with 7:35 left in the first half. Yale, though, outscored the Yeomen 19-2 the rest of the way to take a 44-17 lead at the intermission.

"We've been playing better," Jones said. "Outside of five minutes we played pretty well against Florida and I felt that would carry over. The guys are feeling pretty positive about themselves."

The Bulldogs shot 75 percent (21-of-28) from the field and scored 60 points in the second half.

Geoff Simpson scored 14 points to lead Oberlin (4-10).

Oberlin head coach Isaiah Cavaco, a 2001 Yale graduate and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs, was impressed with what he saw from his alma mater.

"It's great to see the level of athleticism and size and strength that Yale has," he said. "Coach Jones does a great job."

NOTES: Freshman Khaliq Bedart Ghani saw the first action of his career. His three-pointer with a minute left put Yale over the century mark. He also grabbed a rebound and had a steal in three minutes… The Bulldogs were 13-of-21 from three-point range… Sears, Kelley and Duren all grabbed six rebounds to lead Yale… The Bulldogs forced 19 turnovers which they turned into 24 points… Sam Martin was 3-of-4 from three-point range and finished with nine points. 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity