Mangano Scores 30; Bulldogs Handle Dartmouth 69-60

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

Yale Improves To 5-3 In Ivy Play

HANOVER, N.H. – Greg Mangano had a feeling he might have a big night Saturday against Dartmouth after making eight or nine consecutive three-pointers at the end of shoot-around early in the day. Mangano hit only one three against the Big Green, but it didn't keep him from having a strong game. The 6-foot-10 center did most of his damage on the inside, scoring a career-high 30 points, to lead Yale to a 69-60 victory at Leede Arena.

"I felt food, and my teammates did a great job of getting me the ball," said Mangano, who also grabbed 11 rebounds to post his eighth double-double of the season.

He was 11-of-19 from the field, using a wide variety shots to do his damage.

"Greg was a monster," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "On the offensive and defensive end he was tremendous."

Mangano was one of three Yale players to score in double figures. Reggie Willhite had 13 points, and Porter Braswell added 12. Austin Morgan contributed seven points and three assists, while Jeremiah Kreisberg had four points and four rebounds.

The Bulldogs rebounded after a heartbreaking 78-75 loss to Harvard on Friday to earn a split of the weekend trip.

"You have to have a short memory in the Ivy League," said Willhite. "You have to forget about what happens on Friday night whether you win or lose."

Yale (12-10, 5-3 Ivy) did struggle offensively in the first half. The Bulldogs shot just 32.3 percent (10-of-31) but still managed to hold a 27-24 advantage at the intermission.

"We were settling for too many jump shots, myself included," Mangano said.

The Bulldogs then opened the second half with an 11-5 run, capped by a Mangano layup. Dartmouth pulled within five on Gediminas Bertasius's three-pointer midway through the half, but Yale scored the next six points. The Big Green never got closer than nine the rest of the way. Yale's largest lead was 13 late in the second half.

"This is a tough place to play," Jones said. "I'm proud of our guys. They executed really well. We took too many jump shots in the first half, but in the second half we concentrated on getting the ball inside."

The Bulldogs held Dartmouth to 40 percent shooting from the field in the game. Tyler Melville and Matt LaBove each scored nine points to pace the Big Green (5-17, 1-7 Ivy).

"We played two good halves of defense," Mangano said. "We took them out of their offense and made them go one-on-one."

NOTES: Yale outscored the Big Green 21-7 from the foul line… Dartmouth's bench outscored Yale's 25-3… Mangano's 30 points were the most by a Yale player since Alex Zampier scored 31 against Harvard last February... The Bulldogs have now won four straight and eight of the last nine against the Big Green… Jones is 18-5 against Dartmouth…Yale remains in third place in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs trail first-place Princeton by 2.5 games and Harvard by two games… Yale plays it next four games at home, starting Friday against Princeton at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live as part of the Yale On YES package on the YES Network.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity