Bulldogs Roll In Final Non-League Game; Rout NJIT 79-48
Zampier Scores 15 Points To Lead Four Players In Double Figures
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - All season long James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale, has been stressing the importance of defense to his inexperienced team. It appears the message has been received. In their final half before the start of the Ivy League play, the Bulldogs held NJIT to 18.5 percent from the field en route to an easy 79-48 victory at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
NJIT made only five field goals over the final 20 minutes. In its two-game winning streak, Yale has held its opponents to 31.7 percent shooting.
"We've had a couple of games at home to get comfortable and that really helps," Jones said. "The guys are developing and we are getting more consistent."
Alex Zampier paced the Bulldogs with 15 points. Porter Braswell added 14 points, which matched his career high. Michael Sands scored 11 points and Reggie Willhite added 10. Josh Davis grabbed a career-high seven rebounds.
Chris Flores (18 points) and Jheryl Wilson (16) combined to score 34 of the Highlanders' 48 points.
Yale's bench outscored NJIT's 30-8.
NJIT (5-11) led 12-6 after six minutes, but the Bulldogs scored the next seven points. The score was tied at 19 with eight minutes left, but Yale used a 13-4 run, capped by a Paul Nelson layup, to seize control.
The Highlanders pulled to within six early in the second half, but the Bulldogs quickly ran off nine straight points to regain control. The lead grew to as many 35 points late in the second half.
Zampier, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury, was 4-of-9 from the field and made all six of his free throws in 20 minutes.
"We wanted to give him an opportunity to play before Brown [next Friday]," Jones said.
Braswell, who had been struggling from the field, was 4-of-5 from three-point range.
"This is a big confidence booster going into the Ivy League season," he said. "I've been getting some extra reps in practice and been trying to keep my focus."
Yale (6-11) shot 50 percent from the field, made nine three-pointers and was 18-of-21 from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs also had a 36-28 edge in rebounding.
After playing five games in the last 10 days, Yale is now off until next Friday's Ivy opener against Brown. Tipoff at Lee Amphitheater is slated for 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will play three of their first four league games at home.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity