Battle For Early Ivy League Lead Goes To Crimson
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Greg Mangano reached another career milestone, but that was about the only good news for Yale on Friday night. Laurent Rivard scored 18 points to lead a balanced attack as Harvard knocked off the Bulldogs 65-35 before a sellout crowd of 2,532 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Mangano, who already holds the school record for blocked shots, scored the 1,000th point of his career on a three-pointer with 12:40 left in the first half. He became the 24th player in school history to reach the mark and the first since Alex Zampier in 2010.
Mangano finished with 17 points to lead Yale.
The Bulldogs, who saw their four-game winning streak end, committed 22 turnovers, which led to 26 Harvard points.
"We didn't run very good offense and turned it over far too much," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.
Yale (12-5, 2-1 Ivy) shot just 31.7 percent from the field and scored 40 points below its Ivy League leading season average.
"It's extremely disappointing," said Mangano, who added four rebounds and a pair of blocks in 31 minutes.
Harvard, ranked 23rd in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, improved to 17-2 overall and 3-0 in Ivy League play.
Both teams struggled offensively early in the game. The Bulldogs took a 12-11 lead midway through the first half on a Jesse Pritchard three-pointer, but the Crimson answered with a 12-2 run and led 30-19 at halftime.
"The first five minutes were like a boxing match. Both teams were feeling each other out," Jones said. "Harvard got into a rhythm quicker than we did."
Austin Morgan's layup early in the second half pulled Yale within 10, but the Bulldogs would get no closer the rest of the way.
There was tremendous electricity in the Amphitheater at the start. The sellout was the first since the 2008-09 season opener against Stanford.
"It was a great atmosphere," said Harvard coach Tommy Amaker. "It shows what a great league this is."
The Bulldogs don't have much time to put this loss in the rearview mirror. They host Dartmouth tomorrow night at 7 p.m..
"I would think our players would be extremely excited about the opportunity to play again," Jones said. "You certainly don't want to have to wait a week again to play."
NOTES: Freshman Brandon Sherrod pulled down a career-high eight rebounds… The Crimson outrebounded the Bulldogs 32-30… Morgan, who entered the night second in the nation in free throw shooting, saw his streak of consecutive foul shots made end at 27… Steve Moundou-Missi was the only other Harvard player to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 10 points… The two teams will meet again Feb. 18 in Cambridge.
Austin Morgan photo by Don Clark
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity