January 28, 2011

Comeback Falls Short At Penn

Quakers Build Early 18-Point Lead, Hold On For 66-58 Win

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A slow start doomed the Yale men's basketball team Friday against Penn. The Quakers built an early 18-point lead and then had to sweat out a number of Yale comebacks before holding on for a 66-58 victory before a crowd of 3,086 at The Palestra.

The Bulldogs, who saw their four-game winning streak end, missed 14 of their first 16 shots from the field.

"Penn came out with great defensive pressure, and we didn't match it with our offense," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.

Greg Mangano led Yale with 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Porter Braswell added a career-high 19 points.

Freshman Miles Cartwright led four Penn players in double figures with 18 points. Zack Rosen contributed 16 points and five assists, and Jack Eggleston had 13 points and eight rebounds.

After trailing 35-24 at halftime, Yale (9-8, 2-1 Ivy) pulled within four three times in the second half but could get no closer.

The final time was on a jumper by Mangano that made it 46-42 with 7:36 remaining. The Quakers, though, answered with an 11-5 run, capped by Cartwright's three-pointer.

The Bulldogs cut the deficit to five in the final minute on a Sam Martin jumper, but Tyler Bernardini made four free throws in the final 44 seconds to seal the win for the Quakers, who were playing their Ivy opener.

Yale held Penn to 31.6 percent shooting from the field in the second half.

"We weren't tough enough in the first half," Jones said. "We tried to flip it in the second half. We tried to push instead of being pushed.

Mangano finished 8-of-16 from the field in reaching the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season. Braswell made 7-of-11 shots.

The Bulldogs, though, again struggled from the outside and shot just 20 percent (4-of-20) from three-point range.

NOTES: Penn (7-8, 1-0 Ivy) was 22-of-25 from the free throw line, while Yale was 10-of-11… The two teams starters scored all but 13 points in the game. The Bulldogs' bench outscored Penn's 10-3… The Quakers shot 50 percent from the field in the first half… Raffi Mantilla missed the game with an injury… Yale was looking to go to 3-0 in Ivy play for the first time since 1999-2000, Jones' first year as head coach… Jones remains at 151 victories at Yale, which ties him with Dick Kuchen for second all-time at Yale… The Bulldogs play at Princeton on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Jadwin Gym… The Tigers have won the last three meetings with Yale.