December 18, 2012

Bulldogs Roll In Final Game Before Holiday Break

Knock Off Albertus Magnus 112-63

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – James Jones, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale, got everything he hoped for out of Tuesday's 112-63 victory over Albertus Magnus.

"We had some guys that gained confidence, and we got some guys that haven't played an opportunity to play," he said.

There were certainly plenty of positives. Austin Morgan led the way with 16 points, one of five players to score in double figures for the Bulldogs. Justin Sears, Sam Martin and Will Childs-Klein each added 12 points and Jeremiah Kreisberg scored 11.

All 13 players that dressed scored.

"Everybody on this team is a good basketball player," Morgan said, "and everybody has a specific skill set that helps us win."

Some of the individual stat lines were quite impressive. Kreisberg was 5-of-5 from the field, while Morgan went 5-of-6 from the field, including 4-for-5 from three-point range. Childs-Klein scored his career-high 12 points in only nine minutes. Javier Duren flirted with a double-double, scoring eight points and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds. Michael Grace contributed seven assists, and Armani Cotton added seven points and seven rebounds. Greg Kelley added nine points and six rebounds in 14 minutes.

Freshmen Jack Montague and Nick Victor also had career nights. Montague scored nine points, while Victor added four points and four rebounds.

Yale's bench outscored Albertus's 62-9.

"It was important the way we did it," Jones said of the victory. "We haven't really hit our stride yet, but I thought we played well offensively."

That would be an understatement. The Bulldogs (4-7) shot 64.6 percent (42-of-65) from the field and had a season-high 27 assists.

Yale also outrebounded the Falcons by an astounding 60-19 margin.

Darius Watson scored 19 points to pace Albertus, which lost for the first time this season.

The 112 points were two shy of the school record, set when the Bulldogs beat Middlebury 114-74 in 1980.

The Bulldogs led by just four, 19-15, six minutes in but used a 31-10 run to seize control.

The lead grew to as many as 50 points in the second half.

The game came at a good time for the Bulldogs, who were coming off a week of final exams and hadn't played since Dec. 8. Yale begins a grueling stretch after the holiday, playing at Nevada on Dec. 28, at St. Mary's on Dec. 30, at Iowa State on Jan. 1, at Holy Cross on Jan. 4 and home against eighth-ranked Florida on Jan. 6.

"We face a myriad of challenges," Morgan said. "Each of those teams is very good, but it will be a good barometer of where we are at."

NOTES: There was a moment of silence prior to the game to remember the victims of the tragic incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. In addition, both coaching staffs and game managment staff wore green and white ribbons (the school colors)… Morgan now needs 28 points to reach 1,000 in his career.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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