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Offense Rebounds; Bulldogs Rout Harvard 87-66

Offense Rebounds; Bulldogs Rout Harvard 87-66

Feb. 6, 2009

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard's Lavietes Pavilion has become Yale's home away from home. Travis Pinick and Ross Morin scored 15 points each as the Bulldogs earned their fourth straight victory over the Crimson in Cambridge, cruising to an 87-66 win before an enthusiastic crowd of 1,768.

After struggling offensively last weekend in losses to Columbia and Cornell, Yale shot 55 percent from the field and scored a season-high 87 points.

"We really worked hard on our offense this week in practice," said James Jones, The Joel E.Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We were much more efficient."

The Bulldogs (8-11, 3-2 Ivy) used their size advantage inside, outscoring Harvard 40-22 in points in the paint.

"The strength of our team is our guys inside," Jones said. "They need to finish, and tonight they did."

Yale also made five of 10 three-point shots.

"Hitting some outside shots really opened up the inside," said Morin, who scored 11 of his points in the second half. "This week we really focused on our offensive execution."

The Bulldogs, who beat Harvard for the seventh straight time overall, got contributions from a number of players. Porter Braswell had 13 points and five rebounds off the bench. Alex Zampier added 12 points, all of which came in the first half. Jordan Gibson scored six points, and Garrett Fiddler and Chris Andrews each had five points, while Paul Nelson, Michael Sands and Greg Mangano all had four points.

Yale's bench outscored Harvard's 35-18.

Jeremy Lin paced the Crimson (9-10, 1-4 Ivy) with 23 points and five assists. Andrew Pusar had 11 points.

The Bulldogs averaged only 39 points in the two games last weekend, but they had surpassed that by the end of the first half. Yale led 8-3 after 2 minutes, 30 seconds, but Harvard answered with a 10-2 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 13-10.

The score was tied at 25-25 midway through the first half, before Yale scored 13 straight points. The Crimson, though, pulled to within 45-40 at the intermission.

Both teams shot well in the first 20 minutes. Yale made 17 of 29 shots (58.6 percent), while Harvard was even better, connecting on 63.6 percent (14 of 22). The Crimson was victimized by 11 turnovers.

Harvard got within three twice early in the second half, but the Bulldogs used a 16-6 run to seize control. Yale led by 14 midway through the second half and built the advantage to as many as 24 late in the game.

Harvard shot just 30.4 percent from the field in the second half.

"If we don't play defense, we aren't going to beat anybody," Jones said. "I didn't think we did a very good job defensively in the first half."

The Bulldogs will try to complete a weekend sweep when they play at Dartmouth on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity