November 26, 2011

Mangano, Morgan Lead Yale Past Army 84-75

Combine For 52 Points For Bulldogs

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Austin Morgan got the Yale men's basketball team off to a strong start Saturday against Army, and Greg Mangano made sure the Bulldogs finished the job. The two combined for 52 points as Yale earned a hard-fought 84-75 victory over the Black Knights at Christl Arena.

Morgan scored 19 of his career-high 27 points in the first half, while Mangano had 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in the second 20 minutes.

Mangano was particularly dominant during a seven-minute stretch after Army had rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to tie the score at 53-53. He had six points, four rebounds and two blocks as the Bulldogs outscored the Black Knights 17-5 to seize control.

"Greg took over the game," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "He showed why he is one of the best players in the Ivy League."

Mangano finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.

Mangano and Morgan had plenty of support. Jeremiah Kreisberg had his second straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Reggie Willhite added six points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

"It was a good team win," Jones said. "We didn't shoot very well, even though we had some really good looks, but we did the job on the offensive glass."

Yale outrebounded Army 48-34 and grabbed 18 offensive rebounds which led to 14 second chance points.

The Bulldogs were thin in the backcourt. Michael Grace, Javier Duren and Brian Katz all missed the game. That made Morgan's performance so important. He made five of his first six shots to keep the Bulldogs close.

"You always want to step up and play hard when you're shorthanded," said Morgan, who finished 9-of-16 from the field and made five three-pointers. "Army is a good team and really played hard."

Morgan's backcourt mate, Isaiah Salafia, also had a solid game, contributing five points and two assists in 26 minutes.

"I thought Isaiah played his best game of the season," Jones said.

Josh Herbeck scored 16 points, and Ella Ellis added 15 to pace Army (2-4).

Army had its biggest lead of the game, 24-15, midway through the first half, but the Bulldogs answered with a 23-6 run and led 44-38 at halftime.

NOTES: Jessie Pritchard hit one of the biggest shots of the game. After Army had pulled to within nine on a Julian Simmons three-pointer, Pritchard answered with a three of his own to put the Bulldogs back up by 12 with 3:25 left… Yale shot just 42.6 percent from the field for the game and was 8-of-28 (28.6 percent) from three-point range… Army shot 41.3 percent from the field and was 8-of-25 from three-point range… Mangano's double-double was the 17th of his career… The Bulldogs conclude a stretch of three-straight road games Tuesday at Hartford. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity