Strong Bench Plays Leads Bulldogs To Rout Of Bryant

Austin Morgan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Austin Morgan. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale's Reserves Score A Season-High 28 Points

NEW HAVEN, Conn.  - James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale, has only had a full, healthy roster for three games this season. Wednesday night against Bryant, he saw the dividends that provides. The Bulldogs got a season-high 28 points from their bench en route to a 69-54 non-league victory at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

"Our second unit played really well," Jones said.

Greg Mangano, who missed the first six games with a foot injury, led the way. He scored a career-high 12 points and added six rebounds and three blocked shots in 16 minutes.

"Greg was great," Jones said. "That's a nice stat line. I would love to see that out of him every night."

Mangano had plenty of support, including from freshmen Austin Morgan and Michael Grace. Morgan scored six points, while Grace had seven assists. In addition, Josh Davis contributed five rebounds, while Raffi Mantilla and Reggie Willhite both scored three points.

Yale's starters also played well. Michael Sands had a team-high 13 points and seven rebounds. Alex Zampier scored 12 points, and Paul Nelson had 10 points and seven rebounds.

The Bulldogs (4-6) held Bryant to 43.4 percent from the field.

Raphael Jordan scored 14 points and Michael Chroney added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Bryant (0-8).

The score was tied after four minutes, but Yale scored six straight points and never relinquished the lead. The advantage grew to 17 with 5:39 left before Bryant closed the first half with a 13-8 run to make it 36-24. It was the first time the Bulldogs had a lead at the intermission this season.

"It was nice to go in the locker room and be feeling good about ourselves," Jones said.

Yale took its biggest lead of the game, 54-30, on a spectacular dunk from Willhite off a nifty feed from Grace with 12:58 left in the second half. Bryant never got closer than 12 the rest of the way.

"The kids were really focused on what we were doing," Jones said. "I think they are starting to understand what we're trying to accomplish."

Yale outrebounded Bryant 39-36.

The Bulldogs will take an 11-day break for final exams before playing at Providence on Dec. 21. Tipoff at the Dunkin Donuts Center is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity