Bulldogs Cruise To Easy Win In Final Non-Conference Game

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

Mangano Posts Second Straight Double-Double In 85-57 Victory Over Baruch

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The preliminaries are over. From here on out, it's only Ivy League games for the Yale men's basketball team. In their final non-conference game of the season, the Bulldogs cruised to an 85-57 victory over Baruch at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Greg Mangano led the way, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 21 minutes. Brian Katz added a career-high 16 points off the bench, and Jeremiah Kreisberg had 11 points.

"I feel good heading into the Ivy season," said Mangano, who posted his second straight double-double. "We've had our ups and down, but we are progressing as a team."

The Bulldogs have won two straight games and finished the non-Ivy portion of the schedule with a 7-7 record. Yale has a victory over Boston College on its resume and was soundly beaten only once, 73-47 at No. 19 Illinois.

"We've shown we are capable of playing at a very high level," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.  "I like our chances. We have a good group of guys. They've shown a lot of resiliency this season."

The Bulldogs had no trouble dispatching Baruch. Yale scored the first five points of the game and led by nine after six minutes. The Bearcats pulled to within six, 30-24, with four minutes left, but the Bulldogs closed the first half with a 9-2 run and led 39-26 at the intermission.

Tammer Farid's three-pointer to start the second half cut the deficit to 10, but Baruch would get no closer. Yale's led by as many as 36 points late in the second half.

The only drama in the final minutes came when the Bulldogs tried to get senior Alfonso Costa a basket. Yale ran several plays for Costa, who joined the team this year, but none resulted in a basket.

The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the field in the game and made 8-of-22 three-pointers.

Katz scored 12 of his points in the second half. He finished 5-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-5 from three-point range.

In all, Yale's bench contributed 39 points. Michael Grace scored six points, Sam Martin and Rhett Anderson both had five, and Raffi Mantilla scored three.

The Bulldogs had 20 assists on their 29 field goals.

"It's a real close team. We stress making each other better, making the extra pass," Mangano said. "That's when we are at our best."

Farid paced Baruch with 14 points. Lionel Hilaire added 11 and Chris Beauchamp scored 10.

Yale begins Ivy League play with a pair of games against Brown. The first is next Saturday in Providence at 2 p.m. The two teams then meet in New Haven in two weeks on Jan. 22.

"I can't wait for the second season," Mangano said. "It's our tournament since there isn't one at the end of the season. Every game is really important."

NOTES: Baruch had a nice contingent of fans make the trip from New York City… Mangano's double-double was the seventh of his career and the fifth this season… Kreisberg reached double figures in scoring for the third straight game… Freshman Will Bartlett scored his first career point, a free throw late in the second half… Yale did not commit a turnover in the second half… The Bulldogs outscored Baruch 26-6 in the paint… The Bearcats grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, which they turned into 11 points.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity