Vermont Holds Off Yale 67-59

Matt Townsend. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Matt Townsend. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Dallier Scores Career High 10 Points For Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Every time Yale seemed ready to overtake Vermont Wednesday night, the Catamounts had an answer. The result was a 67-59 UVM victory at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Much of the damage was done by Vermont's starting five, who combined to score 57 of the Catamounts' points. Candon Rusin led the way with 16, Sandro Carissimo added 14 and Clancy Rugg had 10. Brian Voelkel ran the show, contributing nine points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in 35 stellar minutes.

Matt Townsend scored 11 points to pace the Bulldogs. Javier Duren and freshman Anthony Dallier each finished with 10 points.

"We were sluggish," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We didn't have great movement on offense, didn't stay focused on defense and it really hurt us. Every time somebody lost focus, we paid for it. A half second is all it takes."

Yale uncharacteristically struggled in the paint, missing a number of shots from in close.

"We had a lot of opportunities in there," Jones said. "I don't think too many of them were outside of two feet."

The Bulldogs scored the first basket of the game, but that turned out to be their only lead of the night. Still, it seemed midway through the second half that Yale was on the verge of seizing control.

The Bulldogs cut a 12-point deficit down to two with a 12-2 run, sparked by a pair of three-pointers from Isaiah Salafia.

Vermont (7-8) pushed the lead back to six, but Yale again rallied and tied the score at 53 on a Brandon Sherrod layup with 4:48 left. After Rusin and Duren traded three-pointers, the Catamounts scored five straight points, three of which came from the free throw line.

Two free throws from Dallier cut the lead to three, but Voelkel made four free throws in the final 1:07 to help seal the victory.

One of the positives for Yale was the play a Dallier, whose 10 points were a career high. He also contributed three rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes.

"Anthony has a great understanding of the game," Jones said. "He is able to make plays for other guys."

The Bulldogs (5-8) shot just 32.1 percent from the field in the game and were outrebounded 36-27.

Vermont, the preseason America East favorite, has gone 6-3 since suffering a 91-90 loss to then sixth-ranked Duke in late November.

Yale now has one final tune up before the start of Ivy League play. The Bulldogs host Baruch on Saturday at 2 p.m.

"If everybody would make one less mistake [per game], we would be a better team," Jones said. 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity