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Hot Shooting Lifts Princeton Over Yale

Miye Oni (Steve Musco photo)
Miye Oni (Steve Musco photo)

Tigers Hit 12 Three-Pointers, Shoot 59.1 Percent

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Princeton came into Lee Amphitheater on Friday night and did something that very few opponents have done to Yale in recent years. The Tigers shot lights out. Princeton was 26-of-44 (59.1 percent) from the field and 13-of-23 (56.5 percent) from three-point range, and the result was a 71-52 victory.

The Tigers (16-6) have won 12 straight games and are 9-0 in Ivy League play.

Yale (14-8) saw its league record fall to 6-3. The Bulldogs, though, are still in very good position to earn one of the four spots in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament in March. They sit in third place, one game behind Harvard and two in front of Columbia.

Devin Cannady was the main thorn in Yale's side. He was 9-of-11 from the field and 7-of-8 from downtown en route to scoring 29 points. He did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 20 points as the Tigers built a 38-29 lead.

"He was red hot in the first half," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "He had some open opportunities, and he knocked down every one."

Miye Oni paced Yale with 12 points. Anthony Dallier added 10, while Alex Copeland contributed eight off the bench.

As good as Princeton's offense was, its defense nearly matched it. The Tigers held the Bulldogs 38.8 percent shooting.

"They have a lot of interchangeable guys and it was tough for us to run our offense," Dallier said.

Added Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson, "We played well on both sides of the ball."

Yale cut Princeton's nine-point lead to four on a Dallier three-pointer early in the second half, but the Tigers answered with five straight points.

A few minutes later, the Bulldogs were back within six, but Princeton responded with eight straight points.

"Every time we had an opportunity, they hit another three," Jones said.

Myles Stephens added 20 points for the Tigers, who are off to their best Ivy start since 2011.

The Bulldogs will have to wait an extra day before getting back on the court. After a rare Saturday off, Yale hosts Penn on Sunday at 1 p.m.

"We want to get right back at it," Dallier said.

NOTES:

Princeton's Spencer Weisz flirted with a triple double, finishing with nine points, eight assists and seven rebounds… The Bulldogs did not allow the Tigers an offensive rebound in the game… Yale outscored the Tigers 17-0 in second-chance points… Princeton was 6-of-6 from the free throw line…. Yale made five three-pointers. As part of the Coaches Vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, fans can make a pledge for each 3-point shot the Bulldogs make from February 1st – March 4th by visiting https://pledgeit.org/cvc-yale. Each donation will support the American Cancer Society's research, education and patient programs… Trey Phills missed his first free throw of the game, snapping his streak of consecutive makes at 28… Sunday is Youth Day at Lee Amphitheater. The Yale players will be available for autographs after the game and there will be face painting and a raffle… The game will be syndicated on the American Sports Network and air on NESN+ and SNY in Connecticut. For a complete list of outlets showing the game, click here. It will also air on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity