November 28, 2009

Bulldogs Fall At Army

Four Players Score Nine Points To Lead Yale

WEST POINT, N.Y. -First-year Army head coach Zach Spiker learned a great deal about the Ivy League in his five years as an assistant at Cornell. He's putting it to good use with the Black Knights. Army rolled to its third straight win over an Ivy opponent on Saturday, topping Yale 64-48 before a crowd of 1,064 at Christl Arena. Cleveland Richard led the Black Knights with 18 points and five rebounds.

Porter Braswell, Alex Zampier, Reggie Willhite and Raffi Mantilla all scored nine points to pace the Bulldogs (2-5).

Yale struggled with its shooting all afternoon, making only 4-of-21 three-pointers and 8-of-19 free throws. The Bulldogs had connected on 82.4 percent of their foul shots entering the game.

Army, which was coming off victories over Princeton and Harvard, raced out to a 10-4 lead. Yale answered and went ahead 20-19 on Mantilla's three-pointer, but the Black Knights closed the first half with a 13-4 run to take a 32-24 lead at the intermission. Mantilla made three three-pointers to score all nine of his points in the first half.

Army kept the pressure on in the second half and was up 44-29 after three minutes. The Bulldogs pulled to within 44-34 on two Braswell free throws, but the Black Knights used an 11-2 run to seal the victory.

Army shot 50 percent from the field in the game and outrebounded Yale 35-31.

Jeremy Hence was the only other Black Knight to score in double figures, finishing with 10 points. Marcus Nelson added nine points and Julian Simmons scored seven.

At 4-1, Army is off to its best start since 1983-84, and the Black Knights have won four in a row for the first time since 2006-07.

Yale welcomed back sophomore Greg Mangano to the lineup. Mangano had missed the first six games with a foot injury. He scored four points in nine minutes. Paul Nelson missed the game as he continues to recover from an injured ankle.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they play at Hartford. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity