Scores 14 Points, Grabs 13 Rebounds
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale, inserted Greg Mangano and Austin Morgan into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game with Lehigh. Both responded in a big way. Mangano recorded his first career double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds) and Morgan scored 14 points, the most of his young career. Unfortunately it wasn't quite enough. C.J. McCollum had 21 of his game-high 31 points in the second half to lift the Mountain Hawks to a hard-fought 75-69 victory at Stabler Arena.
There was one other change to the Yale starting lineup, but this one wasn't by design. Alex Zampier, who leads the Bulldogs in scoring (18.9 ppg.), sprained his ankle in practice on Monday and was unavailable.
"We did a lot of good things," Jones said. "Playing without our leading scorer, I thought we did a tremendous job offensively. Defensively, we still have some things to work on."
The game featured seven ties and nine lead changes.
The final tie was 45-45 with 13:16 remaining. That's when McCollum took over. He scored Lehigh's next 11 points during an 11-1 run that gave the Mountain Hawks control.
Josh Davis's layup cut the deficit to six, 58-52, with 8:37 left, but Lehigh built the lead back to 12.
McCollum, a freshman, finished 12-of-18 from the field and made seven three-pointers. Zahir Carrington added 16 points and seven rebounds, while Gabe Knutson, another freshman, had 13 points. Marquis Hall contributed 11 assists.
Lehigh (9-6) has won five straight games.
Michael Sands did an excellent job of filling the scoring void created by Zampier's absence. He made 8-of-15 shots and scored 17 points, a career high. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Jordan Gibson had nine points, while Paul Nelson and Davis both scored four points. Raffi Mantilla, who made his first career start, had three points.
The Bulldogs outrebounded Lehigh 47-35. Yale had 17 offensive rebounds, which led to 20 second-chance points.
The Bulldogs trailed by eight points midway through the first half, but rallied. Gibson's layup with 4:45 left gave Yale its biggest lead, 29-25. The Bulldogs had a 33-32 lead at the intermission.
Lehigh shot 55.6 percent from the field in the second half.
After playing five straight road games, Yale finally returns to the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Thursday night, hosting Albertus Magnus at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs then host NJIT on Saturday before beginning Ivy League play on Jan. 15 against Brown.
"We're still a work in progress," Jones said. "We have two weeks to figure it out."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity