Dec. 6, 2008
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Justin Drummond, Joey Mundweiler and Jamal Smith combined to score 52 points to lead Wagner to an 83-74 non-league victory over Yale before a crowd of 1,104 at the Spiro Sports Center. Alex Zampier paced the Bulldogs with 25 points. It was his second straight game with at least 25 points. He had 28 in Wednesday's victory over Holy Cross.
Trailing 74-65 with 2:29 remaining, the Bulldogs staged a ferocious comeback. Travis Pinick's conventional three-point play cut the deficit to two, 76-74, with 1:01 left. Smith, though, answered with a tough jump shot with the shot clock close to expiring.
After a Yale turnover, Tyler Murray made one of two free throws to increase the lead to 79-74 with 23 seconds remaining. Zampier then missed a three-pointer, and Smith hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to seal the victory.
"They hit some big shots when I thought we had played pretty good defense," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "I thought we competed hard and gave ourselves an opportunity to win against a good team on the road. We just have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball and running our offense."
Yale (2-5) committed 22 turnovers, including 14 in the first half, which led to 21 points for the Seahawks (5-2).
Zampier finished 7 of 12 from the field and made four three-pointers. Ross Morin added 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Garrett Fiddler and Porter Braswell both scored nine points and Pinick had seven. Chris Andrews had five assists in 14 minutes off the bench.
The Bulldogs made 18 of 22 free throws.
Llewchean Radford, Wagner's leading scorer, was held to just eight points but grabbed 13 rebounds. Doug Elwell added seven points off the bench.
The Seahawks (5-2) shot 60.4 percent from the field in the game and made 14 of 20 shots (70 percent) in the second half.
Yale outrebounded Wagner 29-27.
"We have to learn how to win," Jones said. "We're a young team in terms of playing together. In a tight game on the road, we have to learn how to finish it off."
The Bulldogs made their first three shots and led 6-2 after two minutes. Morin's three-pointer gave Yale its biggest lead of the game, 15-7, with 14:49 left. The Seahawks, though, answered with a 12-1 run, capped by Murray's layup, and led 38-33 at halftime.
Yale plays its final game before an 18-day break for final exams and the holiday on Wednesday, traveling to Boston University. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity