Breaks Record Previously Held By Chris Dudley
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was a record-breaking night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Greg Mangano broke the Yale single-season blocks record but it wasn't enough to help Yale overcome a talented Princeton squad. Kareem Maddox scored 16 points off the bench to lead the first-place Tigers to a 58-51 victory before an enthusiastic crowd of 1,935.
Mangano set the mark midway through the second half when he swatted away a Maddox layup. Just for good measure, he blocked a Douglas Davis shot 10 seconds later. He now has 69 blocks on the season, breaking Chris Dudley's mark of 67 set in 1986-87.
"It's definitely an honor," Mangano said. "There have been a lot of great guys that have played here. I'm honored to hold that record."
A sluggish first half doomed the Bulldogs (12-11, 5-4 Ivy). Yale shot just 29.2 percent and committed 10 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
"We looked out of sync," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "It seemed to take us to halftime to get focused."
Fortunately for the Bulldogs, Princeton also was off the mark. The Tigers were just 12-of-36 (33.3 percent) from the field in building a 30-18 halftime advantage.
The Bulldogs made a couple of runs in the second half.
Mangano's jumper cut the deficit to 37-31 six minutes in. The Tigers, though, scored the next six points.
Still, Yale refused to go away. Willhite's emphatic drive and dunk pulled the Bulldogs within 52-49 with 1:47 left and sent the Amphitheater crowd into a frenzy. Maddox, though, answered with a conventional three-point play at the other end, and the Bulldogs couldn't get closer than four the rest of the way.
Princeton shot just 31.6 percent from the field in the game, but the Tigers' bench, led mostly by Maddox, outscored Yale's 24-0.
Dan Mavraides scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Princeton, who remain one of only two league undefeated teams in Division I men's basketball, alongside Texas (23-3, 11-0 Big 12).
The loss drops the Bulldogs 3.5 games behind Princeton.
"Anything can happen in the Ivy League," Mangano said. "We're going to play tomorrow's game against Penn like we are playing for first place."
The Bulldogs and Quakers meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Penn knocked off Brown 70-62 on Friday.
NOTES: The game was televised on the YES Network as part of the Yale On Yes package… Princeton turned 15 Yale turnovers into 16 points… The Tigers grabbed 14 offensive rebounds and outrebounded Yale 39-35 in the game… Mangano's double-double was his ninth of the season… He now has 132 blocks in his career, which is second all-time at Yale. Dudley is the school record holder with 172… Austin Morgan had a team-high five assists for the Bulldogs.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity