Hot Shooting Leads CSU Past Yale

Michael Grace. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Michael Grace. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Zampier Scores 31 To Pace Bulldogs

FORT COLLINS, Colo.  - Travis Franklin scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures as Colorado State topped Yale 93-71 in a New Year's Eve matinee before a crowd of 2,498 at Moby Arena. Pierce Hornung added 15 points and six rebounds for the Rams. Alex Zampier scored 31 points for the Bulldogs. It was the second time this season he reached the 30-point mark. He had 35 in the season opener against Sacred Heart.

Colorado State's five starters made 21-of-29 shots from the field in the game. Overall, the Rams shot 59.3 percent from the field.

"We didn't have the defensive intensity needed to win a basketball game," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale.

After being held to a season-low seven points on Tuesday against Colorado, Zampier rebounded in a big way. He made 11-of-22 shots and was 5-of-9 from three-point range.

"He made some shots to start, and our guys ran a lot of screens for him," Jones said. "Al is a basketball player, and after Tuesday night, he wanted to come out and show that."

The Rams (9-5) were also coming off a disappointing performance, a 73-50 loss at Fresno State in which they shot just 17 percent in the first half. It was a far different story against the Bulldogs. CSU scored the first 13 points of the game and had a 28-10 advantage midway through the first half.

Yale (4-9) made a run to start the second half, pulling to within 42-30 on a Zampier layup, but the Rams scored the next seven points to regain control.

Freshmen Austin Morgan and Michael Grace both finished with eight points for the Bulldogs. Porter Braswell contributed seven points, while Paul Nelson had a team-high six rebounds.

Colorado State dominated inside, outscoring Yale 44-14 in the paint.

The Bulldogs are off until Sunday when they play at Albany. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. The game will be a homecoming for Zampier, an East Greenbush, N.Y., native. He is the second all-time leading scorer at Columbia High School with 1,381 points.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity