Daller, Copeland Score 15 Points Each To Lead Yale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale won its 16th straight home game on Saturday. Not many during the streak, which dates back to the 2014-15 season, have been as hard-fought as the 59-55 victory over Albany before a matinee crowd of 1,204 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
The Bulldogs overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and needed some clutch plays down the stretch to secure the win.
Yale (3-4) still trailed by six with 13 minutes left before starting the comeback. A pair of Alex Copeland three-pointers ignited a 12-0 run as the Bulldogs held the Great Danes scoreless for nearly eight minutes.
"Our defense picked up in the second half," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We started doubling up in the post and that really helped us."
Still, there were some anxious moments in the final minutes. David Nichols' layup with 1:47 left pulled Albany within 54-53.
Freshman Jordan Bruner answered with a big play when he grabbed an offensive rebound and dunked.
"That was an effort play," Jones said. "That's our brand."
The Great Danes still had opportunities in the final minute. Greg Stires' layup got them back within one, and after a Yale miss, Joe Cremo was fouled with eight seconds left but missed the front end of the 1-and-1.
Yale's Trey Phills then hit the first of two free throws. He missed the second, but Blake Reynolds tapped the rebound to Copeland, who was quickly fouled. Copeland made both three throws with three seconds left to seal the victory.
The win snapped Yale's four-game losing streak.
Copeland and Dallier both finished with 15 points to pace the Bulldogs. Phills added nine and Miye Oni scored eight. Bruner contributed two points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes off the bench.
Dallier, who has been more of a facilitator to the offense since taking over the point guard duties, was 6-of-16 from the field and his 15 points were a season high.
"I felt they were trying to help off of me, so I tried to step up and make shots," he said.
Albany (4-3) controlled the paint, outscoring Yale 32-18, but the Bulldogs hit 11 three-pointers while the Great Danes were just 2-of-12 from beyond the arc.
Much of the Great Danes' inside success came in the first half, when they shot 56.5 percent (13-of-23) in building a 30-23 lead.
"At halftime, coach told us we were playing soft," Copeland said. "We needed to be more aggressive and more physical. In the second half we were inspired and played with more energy."
The Great Danes were just 9-of-27 from the field over the final 20 minutes.
Nichols paced Albany with 14 points, while Stire added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
NOTES: Albany came in to the game outrebounding its opponents by more than 10 a game, but Yale won the battle of the boards 33-31… The Bulldogs had assists on all eight of their field goals in the first half… Yale snapped a three-game losing streak to the Great Danes, who beat Penn State earlier this season and have won 24 games in each of the last two seasons… The two teams are scheduled to play again in New York next year… The Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday when travel to Sacred Heart. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. following the Sacred Heart-Monmouth women's game which begins at 6 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity