Big Second Half Lifts Bryant Over Yale

Brandon Sherrod. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Brandon Sherrod. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Duren Scores 17 Points To Pace Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Bryant's duo of Alex Francis and Dyami Starks proved too much for Yale to overcome Wednesday night. The two combined for 44 points and 13 rebounds as Bryant used a big second half to knock off the Bulldogs 72-64 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Starks, who scored 35 points earlier this season at Gonzaga, had 15 of his 22 points in the second half as Bryant overcame a 31-27 deficit.

"We did a great job on him in the first half and a poor job in the second half," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale.

Starks was 1-of-6 from the field at the intermission but hit 6-of-11, including three three-pointers, in the second half.

Javier Duren paced Yale with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists. Justin Sears added 10 points but was hindered by early foul trouble. Nick Victor added nine points, and Jesse Pritchard and Matt Townsend each had eight.

Yale's bench outscored Bryant's reserves 21-8.

The Bulldogs (4-4) committed 14 turnovers which Bryant turned into 20 points.

"We turned the ball over and didn't get back on defense," Jones said. "They beat us in transition."

Trailing by four at the half, Bryant opened the second half with a 15-4 run and never relinquished the lead.

Yale got within 57-55 with 6:48 left, but Bryant scored the next five points. The Bulldogs never got closer than five the rest of the way.

"We had our chances, even though there wasn't too much we did right," Jones said. "We're a better team than we showed tonight."

Yale shot just 39.3 percent for the game and was 3-of-21 from three-point range.

Bryant (6-2) has won four straight games. Yale was the fourth Ivy League opponent for Bryant, which beat Dartmouth and Brown but fell to Harvard.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday when they host New Hampshire at 4:30 p.m., following the Yale women's game against Army which tips off at 2 p.m. 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity