Mangano’s Big Game Leads Yale In Final Non-Conference Game

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

Scores 35 Points, Grabs 22 Rebounds As Bulldogs Cruise Past St. Joseph

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It didn't come quite as easily as it looked like it would, but the Yale men's basketball team earned a victory in its final non-conference game of the season. Greg Mangano scored 35 points and grabbed 22 rebounds, both career highs, as Yale knocked off St. Joseph's of Long Island 101-86 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

The Bulldogs led 16-2 after four minutes and 29-4 with 13:30 left in the first half but had to watch as the Golden Eagles caught fire from the outside and pulled within three, 46-43, at halftime. Yale regained control by scoring the first seven points of the second half, and St. Joseph never got closer than five the rest of the way.

"We got off to a great start," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "They did a nice job knocking down shots, but we kept our composure and pushed it back out."

St. Joseph's (10-2) simply had no answer for Mangano inside. He finished 14-of-26 from the field.

"I had some good opportunities that I didn't finish in the first half," Mangano said. "The guys did a good job of getting me the ball in both halves."

Thirteen of his 22 rebounds came on the offensive end, which led to a bunch of put backs.

It was the most rebounds for a Yale player in a game since Chris Dudley grabbed 22 against Harvard in 1987.

In his last eight games, Mangano is averaging 23.4 points and 12.1 rebounds.

"Offensively, he's as good as it gets," Jones said.

Mangano did receive plenty of support. Reggie Willhite had 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Michael Grace scored 10 points, and Isaiah Salafia and Austin Morgan contributed nine apiece. Jeremiah Kreisberg scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Bulldogs (10-4) shot 64.9 percent from the field in the second half and scored 55 points.

The problem was the Golden Eagles kept making shots as well to stay within striking distance. St. Joseph was down 10 with 4:31 left, but Willhite scored six straight points over the next two minutes to seal the victory.

The 86 points were the second most Yale has allowed this season. Only Florida (90) scored more.

"It's disappointing we didn't do the job defensively," Jones said.

NOTES: The Bulldogs reached the 100-point mark for the second time this season. They beat Lyndon State 101-37 on Nov. 17… Yale once again got a solid contribution from its bench, which scored 21 points…The Bulldogs had assists on 26 of their 39 field goals… Willhite's seven assists were one shy of his career high. Yale had a 57-22 edge in rebounding… The Bulldogs grabbed 23 offensive rebounds, which led to 27 second-chance points… Yale improved to 5-0 at home this season… The Bulldogs open Ivy League play next Saturday at home against Brown. Five of Yale's first six league games will come in the friendly confines of Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity