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Busy Road Stretch Ends With Loss At Vermont

Greg Kelley. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Greg Kelley. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Grace Scores 12 Points To Pace Bulldogs

BURLINGTON, Vt. – A young Yale men's basketball team has shown flashes of its potential early this season. The Bulldogs, though, remain a bit of a work in progress on offense. That was evident again on Wednesday against defending America East champion Vermont.

Yale was held to 32.7 percent shooting from the field in dropping a 65-52 decision to the Catamounts before 2,403 at Patrick Gymnasium.

Defensively, Yale held the Catamounts to 43.5 percent shooting, didn't allow a three-pointer and outrebounded the physical UVM squad 35-34.

The Bulldogs, though, committed 20 turnovers, which led to 16 Vermont points.

Michael Grace paced Yale with 12 points. Sam Martin and Jeremiah Kreisberg scored seven and Jesse Pritchard and Javier Duren each scored six.

Candon Rusin scored 18 points to lead UVM, which improved to 3-1 on the season. Rusin, a transfer from Marist, entered the game averaging seven points. UVM's leading scorer Luke Apfeld was limited to five points, one of eight Catamounts to score at least five points in the game.

The Bulldogs (1-5) were playing their fourth game in six days. The stretch started with three games in Indiana over the weekend at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and continued after a long bus ride Tuesday to Burlington.

"It's been a long week on the road, and it showed tonight," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale.

The game was close for most of the first half. The Catamounts, though, scored the final seven points to snap a 19-19 tie and take a 26-19 lead at the intermission.

Vermont then started the second half with an 11-4 run to seize control. Rusin scored 14 of his points in the second half.

NOTES: Sophomore Matt Townsend saw his first action of the season after missing the first five games with an injury. Townsend played 17 minutes, was 2-of-3 from the field and finished with four points… Greg Kelley grabbed six rebounds to lead Yale… Brandon Sherrod had four blocked shots… Vermont won its fifth America East Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in school history last season.  UVM also earned its second NCAA Tournament victory with a win over Lamar in the First Four Round in Dayton, Ohio.  The Catamounts, who were playing their home opener, recognized those achievements in a ceremony prior to the start of the game… The Catamounts are 45-11 at Patrick Gymnasium over the last five seasons… After playing its first six games away from home, the Bulldogs finally return to the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday. Yale hosts Army at 2 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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