January 3, 2010

Zampier Shines In Homecoming But Bulldogs Fall At Albany

Scores 19 Points To Pace Yale

ALBANY, N.Y. - Alex Zampier gave Albany area fans a reminder of how talented he was during his days at nearby Columbia High School on Sunday. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it wasn't quite enough to have his homecoming end in a victory. Tim Ambrose scored 22 points and Billy Allen added 21 as the University at Albany topped Yale 89-68 before a crowd of 2,931 at the SEFCU Arena that included a number of Zampier's family and friends.

Zampier, who entered the game leading the Ivy League in scoring (18.9 ppg.), finished with 19 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 32 minutes. He was 6-of-12 from the field and made four three-pointers.

"It was pretty nostalgic," Zampier said. "I learned to play the game here so it was exciting. I just wish there had been a better outcome."

Zampier was one of four Yale players to reach double figures. Michael Sands, Reggie Willhite and Greg Mangano all scored 10 points. Mangano added a career-high six blocked shots. Paul Nelson scored seven points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

The Bulldogs (4-10) scored the first four points of the game and led 16-8 after seven minutes. The advantage grew to 11 on Sands's dunk midway through the first half. Albany pulled back within five, but an Austin Morgan three-pointer gave Yale its 11-point lead back, 29-18, with 6:34 left.

The Great Danes, though, outscored the Bulldogs 21-4 over the rest of the half to take a 39-33 lead at the intermission.

Albany scored the first seven points of the second half, and Yale never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.

"It wasn't a 10-minute basketball game," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale. "We did a poor job of executing our offense, a poor job of blocking out and we turned it over."

Allen, who came into the game averaging just three points, was 8-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-6 from three-point range.

Albany (5-10) made 12 three-pointers in the game and outrebounded the Bulldogs 43-32.

A stretch of five straight road games for Yale ends on Tuesday at Lehigh. Tipoff at Stabler Arena is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity