Yale Extends Winning Streak To Four
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This time there was no comeback necessary.
Yale used an 8-0 run early in the second half to seize command and stayed in control most of the rest of the way en route to a 73-60 victory over Brown before a crowd of 870 that braved the snow to get to the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The Bulldogs (12-4) extended their winning streak to four and have now won 10 of their last 12. More importantly, they are 2-0 in Ivy League play heading into next Friday's showdown with Harvard.
The victory completed a season sweep of Brown. The Bulldogs rallied from a six-point deficit with three minutes remaining last Saturday to edge the Bears 68-64.
Yale exploited its size advantage, outrebounding Brown 49-31. The Bulldogs had 20 offensive rebounds, which led to 16 second-chance points.
"The strength of our team is inside," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "If we focus on getting the ball inside, we can score on a regular basis. Tonight we got some shots at the basket and were able to get to the free throw line."
Yale also got a big performance off the bench from Jesse Pritchard, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds, both career highs.
"I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity, so I just tried to come in and contribute in any way I could," said Pritchard, who saw increased minutes when Willhite got into foul trouble.
Pritchard was 4-of-6 from the field, and four of his rebounds came at the offensive end.
"I've talked to Jesse about being ready to play," Jones said. "I've been trying to get him some minutes, but it's hard because Reggie has been playing so well. To come in and do what he did shows what a special kid he is."
Pritchard led a Yale bench that outscored Brown's 16-8.
Stephen Albrecht paced the Bears with 23 points. Sean McGonagill scored 11.
Brown (5-13, 0-2 Ivy) shot just 35 percent from the field in the game.
After falling behind early last week, Yale started quickly in the rematch. The Bulldogs led 12-5 after four minutes, but Brown responded and took its biggest lead of the game, 25-21, on a McGonagill three-pointer with 7:09 left.
Yale quickly regained the lead and had a 38-35 advantage at halftime. Brown's Matt Sullivan opened the second half with a three-pointer to tie it, but the Bulldogs scored the next four points and never relinquished the lead.
After the Bears pulled within 46-45, Yale ran off eight straight points. Brown never got closer than four the rest of the way.
"It was nice to be able to get the job done [today]," Pritchard said. "Now it's important to keep it going."
NOTES: Because of the difficult road conditions caused by the snow, the Bulldogs were delayed in arriving at the Pizzitola Center so the game started 30 minutes late at 2:30 p.m… Yale has now swept the season series from the Bears three times in the last four years… Mangano now has 997 career points… The double-double was his eighth of the season… Morgan was 4-of-4 from the foul line. He has now made 27 straight dating back to the Hartford game in November… For the season, he is 44-of-47 from the free throw line.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity