Bulldogs Hold Off Dartmouth 62-52
Willhite Scores 16 Points To Pace Yale
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The offense wasn't as efficient as it could be, but Yale's defense was there when it needed it to be Saturday against Dartmouth. The result was a very important 62-52 Ivy League victory over the Big Green before a crowd of 1,809 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
The Bulldogs trailed 46-45 with 7:37 remaining but held Dartmouth to only six points the rest of the way, two of which came on a meaningless jumper as time expired.
Reggie Willhite spearheaded Yale's effort. He scored all seven points in a 7-2 run that gave the Bulldogs some breathing room in the final minutes.
"Getting stops puts a pep in everybody's step," said Willhite, who paced Yale with 16 points and also had nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Bulldogs held Dartmouth to 34.4 percent shooting from the field in the game.
"Defensively, in the half court we did a pretty good job," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.
Austin Morgan added 10 points, while Jeremiah Kreisberg and Greg Mangano each scored eight. Mangano grabbed 10 rebounds and also had four blocks as Yale earned a split of a weekend set with Harvard and Dartmouth. Michael Grace and Brandon Sherrod contributed six points apiece.
The Bulldogs did commit 19 turnovers, one night after having 22 against the Crimson.
"We have a lot of work to do to ensure that we get better," Jones said.
Yale improved to 3-1 in the Ivy League and 13-5 overall with the victory.
Tyler Melville led Dartmouth (4-16, 0-4 Ivy) with 14 points.
Early on, it looked like Yale was feeling the after effects of last night's disappointing loss to Harvard. Kirk Crecco's three-pointer gave the Big Green a 23-15 advantage midway through the first half. Yale, though, scored the next 12 points and had a 33-26 lead at halftime.
Dartmouth started the second half with a 10-2 run to regain the lead. The teams then traded baskets for six minutes until Yale's late spurt.
"It's great to learn from a win, but we have to go back to the drawing board Monday at practice," Willhite said. "We have a lot of work to do."
NOTES: Yale has now won six straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings with Dartmouth… The Bulldogs outscored Dartmouth 16-6 from the foul line and had a 37-31 rebounding edge… The Big Green, though, did grab 11 offensive rebounds, which led to 16 second-chance points… Both teams coaching staffs wore sneakers as part of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Weekend, which supports the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays… Yale is back at home again next weekend, hosting Penn on Friday and Princeton on Saturday. Both games tipoff at 7 p.m., and it is Alumni Weekend.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity