Copeland Scores 17 Points To Pace Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale continues to roll in Lee Amphitheater. Alex Copeland scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures as the Bulldogs won their 17th straight home game, cruising to an 81-63 victory over Delaware.
Yale is tied with Miami, Fla., for the seventh longest home winning streak in the nation. Kansas is the active leader with 48 consecutive home wins.
The Bulldogs' three home wins this year have come with a similar formula – sharing the ball and balanced scoring. Blake Reynolds (16 points), Anthony Dallier (13) and Jordan Bruner (13) also reached double figures against the Blue Hens.
Yale shot 51.9 percent from the field, had 17 assists and made 13 three-pointers.
"We have very good depth," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We're developing our rotation. Guys are seeking out opportunities and giving us the best they can."
Copeland, a sophomore, is one of the players that is taking advantage of his chance. After appearing in 13 games last year, he is currently leading the team in scoring at 13.6 ppg, one of four players averaging double figures in scoring.
"The coaches had a lot of faith in me," said Copeland, who was 7-of-13 from the field and added three steals in 30 minutes. "Everybody is pitching in in different roles."
In all, 10 players scored for the Bulldogs, who have won three straight games to improve to 5-4 overall.
"We just keep getting better," Jones said.
Early on, it was Delaware that was thriving offensively. Back-to-back three-pointers from Ryan Daly and Darian Bryant gave the Blue Hens their largest lead, 21-15, with 11:12 left in the first half.
"They came out hot," Jones said. "It seemed like they made every shot."
Yale, though, weathered the storm and responded with a 23-5 run over the next nine minutes, capped by a Reynolds' three-pointer.
Delaware closed within five, 41-36, when Anthony Mosley hit from half-court as the halftime buzzer sounded.
Yale then scored the first eight points of the second half, including a pair of Reynolds' three-pointers, to regain control.
The Blue Hens (5-3) made a couple of pushes but never got closer than six the rest of the way.
Reynolds' final three-pointer was the dagger. It came with 3:13 left and gave the Bulldogs a 17-point lead. He finished 4-of-7 from downtown and added five rebounds and three assists in 28 very productive minutes.
Daly almost single-handedly kept Delaware in the game. He scored 20 points and added nine rebounds. Chiavarsky Corbell scored 10 points, and Eric Carter had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Hens.
Yale won't have to wait long to try and extend the home winning streak. The Bulldogs host Central Connecticut on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The two games in three days is just another learning experience for a Yale team that has seven freshmen and sophomores playing regular minutes.
"It's great preparation for Ivy [play]," Copeland said. "That's what this part of the season is all about, especially with a young team."
NOTES: Yale outrebounded the Blue Hens 37-30. Sam Downey led the way with nine boards… Trey Phills returned to the lineup after missing the Sacred Heart game with an injury and scored six points in 17 minutes off the bench… Dallier paced Yale with four assists… The Bulldogs were 14-of-26 from the field in the second half… Chris Vincent, who is in his second year as Yale's Director of Basketball Operations, came to New Haven after spending the 2014-15 season as the video coordinator at Delaware… The Bulldogs are scheduled to play at Delaware next season.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity