Nov. 25, 2008
CORVALLIS, Ore. - In James Jones' tenure as head coach, Yale has knocked off schools from the Big East, Big Ten and ACC. A win over an opponent from the Pac-10, though, had eluded the Bulldogs. It nearly happened in the season opener against Stanford at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. It did happen on Monday night. Travis Pinick had 12 points, six rebounds and three steals as Yale shocked Oregon State 53-52 at Gill Coliseum.
It was the first win over a Pac-10 school in the 114-year history of Yale Basketball. The Bulldogs had dropped their previous 15 games against the conference.
"It's special whenever a team from our league can beat a Pac-10 school," said Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "This is something our players will remember for the rest of their lives."
It certainly didn't come easily. The Bulldogs (1-3) led 53-49 when Alex Zampier made two free throws with 2:43 left in the second half. Roeland Schaftenaar's free throw pulled the Beavers within three with 2:22 remaining, and Josh Tarver's layup cut the deficit to one with 1:46 left.
Neither team, though, scored the rest of the way. Yale missed its last two field goals, and the Beavers had a couple of chances to tie or take the lead. Tarver was fouled driving to the basket with five seconds left but missed the two free throws. Pinick rebounded the second miss and was immediately fouled. He then missed the front end of the one-and-one. Oregon State got the rebound and called timeout. The Beavers, though, only managed to get off a Daniel Deane desperation three-pointer from just over halfcourt that Pinick appeared to get a piece of.
"It was a relief," said Pinick, who was 6 of 8 from the field. "After missing the free throw, it was nice to be able to redeem myself."
Zampier was the only other Yale player in double figures, finishing with 10 points. Garrett Fiddler and Ross Morin both added nine points. Porter Braswell contributed six points and two assists and Chris Andrews had five points and three assists.
Tarver was the game's high scorer with 21 points, including 14 in the second half. Deane, the Beavers' leading scorer, was held to nine points on 3 of 11 shooting from the field.
The Bulldogs held Oregon State to 43.8 percent shooting from the field in the game. OSU made only 1 of 13 three-point attempts.
"It came down to defense," Pinick said. "We were able to get stops when we needed them."
The win snapped Yale's three-game season-opening losing streak.
"Hopefully, this will give us a little bounce in our step," Jones said. "It's nice to be able to learn from a win as opposed to a loss."
The game featured five ties and four lead changes. Oregon State's biggest lead was seven in the first half, but Yale outscored the Beavers 9-4 over the final four minutes to take a 28-27 lead at the intermission.
The score was tied at 35-35 after six minutes of the second half, but the Bulldogs used a 16-8 run, capped by a Braswell three-pointer, to take their biggest lead of the game, 51-43, with 6:53 left.
One of the Yale supporters in the crowd was former NBA star Chris Dudley '87. Dudley, who lives just outside Portland, Ore., hosted the team for dinner on Saturday night. He played 16 seasons in the NBA and scored 3,473 points and collected 5,457 rebounds. He spoke to the team in the locker room after the victory.
The loss spoiled the home debut for first-year Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson, who spent the last two years at the helm of Brown's program.
The Bulldogs, who earned a split on their two-game tour through Oregon, are off until Sunday when they play at Sacred Heart at 4 p.m.
"It was nice to end the road trip on a high note," Pinick said.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity