Bulldogs Head To Providence Monday

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

Yale Gave Friars Scare Last Year At Dunkin Donuts Center

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -  Yale did a number of good things in Saturday's season-opening 84-75 loss to Quinnipiac. The Bulldogs had three players score in double figures, led by a career-high 20-point effort from Greg Mangano. Yale also got to the free throw line 36 times and committed only 12 turnovers. The Bulldogs will hope to build on that when they travel to Providence on Monday night. Tipoff at the Dunkin Donuts Center is slated for 7 p.m. Two areas Yale struggled with in the opener were big-time strengths for the Friars in their first game on Saturday, an 87-52 victory over Dartmouth. The Bulldogs allowed Quinnipiac to shoot 52.6 percent from the field. Providence made 55.9 percent of its shots. Yale was outrebounded by the Bobcats by 10, 37-27. The Friars outrebounded the Big Green 52-28. The Bulldogs will need to improve in those two areas to have a chance to pull the upset. Reggie Willhite had a strong game for the Bulldogs in the opener. He made 2-of-3 shots from the field, including the first three-pointer of his career, and finished with eight points. Austin Morgan (13 points) and Porter Braswell (10) were the two other players in double figures.


Yale and Providence are playing for the second straight year. The Friars earned a hard-fought 87-78 win last year at the Dunkin Donuts Center.  The Bulldogs led by as many as 11 points in the first half and had a 61-54 lead with 12:28 left in the game. The Friars, though, went on an 11-2 run, capped by a Marshon Brooks three-pointer that gave PC the lead for good, 65-63, with 8:53 left. Providence has won three straight over the Bulldogs and leads the series 9-7.


Vincent Council led four players in double figures with 18 points as the Friars cruised to the easy win over Dartmouth. Providence led 46-21 at halftime. Council and fellow guard Gerard Coleman combined to make 13 of 17 shots from the field. The Friars were picked to finish 14th in the Big East Preseason Coaches Poll. PC started two freshmen and two sophomores in the opener against the Big Green.


Yale was picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League by the select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives. Yale, though, shouldn't put too much stock in those prognostications. The Bulldogs have finished higher than projected in four of the last five years. Princeton, which received 12 of 17 first-place votes, is the preseason Ivy League favorite. The Tigers return their top five scorers and top two rebounders. Harvard got four first-place votes and is second followed by Cornell (one first-place vote) and Penn. Brown, Columbia and Dartmouth round out the poll.



First-Place Votes in Parentheses

Rank     School                           Points

1.          Princeton (12)             128

2.          Harvard (4)                  120

3.          Cornell (1)                    96

4.          Penn                             89

5.          Yale                               57

6.          Brown                           55

7.          Columbia                      48

8.          Dartmouth                   19


Greg Mangano, who led the Ivy League in blocked shots last year, has been named to the All-Connecticut 6 preseason team. Mangano, a 6-foot-10 junior, tied for fifth in the league in rebounding (5.5 rpg.). In addition, he was fourth on the team in scoring (7.5 ppg.) and tied for second in rebounding. Joining Mangano on the All-Connecticut 6 preseason team is Quinnipiac forward Justin Rutty, Central Connecticut guard Shemik Thompson, Fairfield guard Derek Needham, Hartford guard Joe Zeglinski and Sacred Heart guard Jerrell Thompson.


The state of Connecticut has a rich basketball tradition. A new chapter in that history started in 2009-10 with the formation of the Connecticut 6, a partnership between six of Connecticut's Division I schools - Yale, Central Connecticut, Fairfield, Hartford, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart. The second annual Connecticut 6 Classic tripleheader was Nov. 13 at the the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. In addition to the tripleheader, a preseason All-Connecticut 6 team was selected and there will be a Connecticut 6 Player of the Week chosen each week during the season.


James Jones has made quite an impact on the Yale basketball program. In 11 seasons, Jones has guided Yale to success not seen in New Haven in 40 years. In 2001-02, Jones led the Bulldogs to their first Ivy League title since 1962-63 and the first postseason tournament victory in the 107-year history of Yale basketball. The team won 21 games, the second most in the modern era of Yale basketball, and reached the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. Jones, the longest tenured coach in the Ivy League, earned his 100th victory at Yale when the Bulldogs beat Columbia on Feb. 9, 2007. He is only the fourth coach in school history with at least 100 wins. The Bulldogs have won at least 10 Ivy games twice during his tenure and have had a .500 or better record in league play in nine of his 11 years. Four assistant coaches who worked under Jones have gone on to become head coaches - Isaiah Cavaco (Oberlin), Mark Sembrowich (Academy of Arts University), Mark Gilbride (Clarkson) and Ted Hotaling (New Haven).Jones served as an assistant coach to Villanova's Jay Wright for the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team.


  • The Bulldogs will face seven teams that reached the post-season last year – Cornell (NCAA), Vermont (NCAA), Lehigh (NCAA), Quinnipiac (NIT), Illinois (NIT), Harvard (CIT) and Princeton (CBI).
  • Yale will play five afternoon home games in Lee Amphitheater – Army (Nov. 27), Sacred Heart (Dec. 19), Lehigh (Dec. 31), Baruch College (Jan. 8) and Brown (Jan. 22). All are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
  • There will be familiar faces on the opposing bench when the Bulldogs play at Boston College. Steve Donahue, who guided Cornell to last three Ivy League titles, is in his first season as the head coach at BC. His associate head coach, Joe Jones, was the head coach at Columbia for the last seven years and is the younger brother of Yale head coach James Jones.
  • Boston College is one of six opponents that will have first-year head coaches. Hartford (John Gallagher), Holy Cross (Milan Brown), Columbia (Kyle Smith), Cornell (Bill Courtney) and Dartmouth (Paul Cormier) are the others.
  • Yale will be playing Illinois for only the second time. The first meeting was a 71-67 Illini victory in the 1949 NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
  • Yale will be playing Stanford for third time in the last four years. The Cardinal became the first Pac 10 to school to play in Lee Amphitheater in 2008.
  • Yale will host a game on New Year's Eve for the first time since 1930. The Bulldogs play Lehigh in a 2 p.m. tip-off.
  • Three of the Bulldogs' first four Ivy games will be on the road.
  • Three-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell visits Lee Amphitheater on Feb. 4.


Michael Sands has withdrawn from Yale for personal reasons and will not be with the team... Sam Martin is a West Warwick, R.I., native. He attended Worcester Academy in Massachusetts and was named the most valuable player of the New England Prep School All Star game in 2009 after scoring 21 points and adding five assists and three steals...James Jones is the longest tenured coach in the Ivy League.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity