Bulldogs Score Final 10 Points, Knock Off Penn 60-53

Mike Grace (Ron Waite photo)
Mike Grace (Ron Waite photo)

Mangano Finishes With 23 Points, 10 Rebounds

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale made all the big plays down the stretch to earn a big Ivy League victory over Penn on Friday. The Bulldogs scored the final 10 points of the game to knock off the Quakers 60-53 before an enthusiastic crowd of 2,012 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Greg Mangano scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Yale, who improved to 4-1 in Ivy League play. Mangano hit a big three-pointer and had two huge offensive rebounds off of missed free throws during the Bulldogs' game-ending run.

Yale (14-5) committed 17 turnovers but only one in the final five minutes.

"The mark of a good team is to overcome your mistakes," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We really stressed taking care of the ball down the stretch, and fortunately we were able to get a couple of turnovers from them."

The Quakers, who lost for the first time in Ivy play, missed their last seven shots and had two costly late turnovers.

Mangano's third three-pointer of the game tied the score at 53-53 with 2:31 left. The Bulldogs then took the lead for good when Austin Morgan put-back a Reggie Willhite miss a little over a minute later. Willhite had stolen the ball from Zack Rosen but missed a driving layup.

Penn (11-10, 3-1 Ivy) missed its next two shots. Brandon Sherrod grabbed the rebound on the second miss and was promptly fouled. Sherrod made the first free throw and missed the second, but Mangano corralled the offensive rebound and was fouled.

Mangano missed the front end of a one-and-one, but moved quickly to grab another offensive rebound and was again fouled.

"As soon as I shot it, I knew it wasn't going in," Mangano said. "Brandon really did a great job bringing two guys with him into the lane."

Mangano then made two free throws, and Willhite added a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to seal the victory.

"This was a huge win for us," said Mangano, who was 8-of-14 from the field and added a pair of blocks.

Rosen led Penn with 16 points, but he was just 8-of-19 from the field and missed all five of his three-point attempts.

The Bulldogs also did the job defensively on Tyler Bernardini, who was held to six points, nearly nine below his average.

"They have two really good players. Tyler Bernardini and Zack Rosen are two of the better players in the league," Jones said. "We tried to make sure [Bernardini] took tough shots, and I thought we did a pretty good job.

Morgan and Michael Grace both finished with 11 points for Yale. Grace was 5-of-6 from the field and added four assists in 31 minutes. Sherrod contributed seven points and four rebounds off the bench.

Yale shot 45.7 percent from the field and held Penn to 37.9 percent.                    

The loss snapped the Quakers' four-game winning streak.

NOTES: Mangano's 10 rebounds give him 644 for his career, which moved him into eighth-place all-time at Yale… The double-double was his ninth of the season… Morgan's three three-pointers moved him into 10th in career three-pointers. He now has 124… Willhite had another solid all-around game, finishing with six points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals… Yale outrebounded the Quakers 39-30… The Bulldogs improved to 8-1 at home with the victory… Yale hosts Princeton on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Tigers knocked off Brown 77-63 on Friday.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity