Gutsy Effort Comes Up Short In 85-75 Loss To Wolf Pack
RENO, Nev. – Austin Morgan had a strong showing playing in front of numerous family and friends, and for awhile it looked like he might lead the Yale men's basketball team to a big victory on Friday. Instead, Malik Story stole the spotlight. Story scored a career-high 35 points as Nevada held off the pesky Bulldogs to escape with an 85-75 victory before 7,226 at the Lawlor Events Center.
Morgan scored 20 points in 33 minutes in his return to his hometown. He was 5-of-12 from the field and 4-of-9 from three-point range. Morgan is Reno High School's all-time leading scorer with 2,046 career points.
Yale dominated the glass, outrebounding Nevada 38-29. Nineteen of the Bulldogs' rebounds came on the offensive end, and resulted in 21 second-chance points.
The final score was deceiving. The score was tied at 56 with 10 minutes left in the second half. In all, there were 10 ties and seven lead changes in the game.
Nevada (9-4) shot 57.1 percent from the field and went 7-of-11 from three-point range in the second half.
The Wolf Pack has won five straight.
Story was 12-of-21 from the field and added four rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes. Jordan Burris was the only other Wolf Pack to score in double figures, finishing with 12 points. Nevada's leading scorer Deonte Burton was held to six points.
"I thought we played well enough to win, but defensively we didn't get enough stops," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.
The Bulldogs trailed by nine midway through the first half but used a 10-1 run, capped by a Morgan three-pointer, to tie the score at 29. It remained tied, 36-36, at halftime.
Yale took its biggest lead of the night, 47-42, early in the second half on a rare five-point possession. Grace was fouled by Burton on a three-point shot. Burton was then called for a technical foul when he objected. Morgan hit two free throws for the technical, and Grace followed with three more foul shots.
Nevada, though, answered with the next eight points. The Bulldogs tied it at 56 with 10:07 left before the Wolf Pack scored five straight points. Yale was within four with 5:37 remaining, but Story and Jerry Evans Jr hit back-to-back three-pointers to seal it.
NOTES: The loss was the first for Morgan in the Lawlor Events Center. He had played there four times prior and his team won each time, including victories in the 2006 and 2008 state championship games… Justin Sears led Yale on the boards with eight rebounds. Armani Cotton added six rebounds… The three-game road trip continues on Sunday at defending West Coast Conference champion Saint Mary's. That game is a homecoming for Kreisberg, a Berkeley, Calif., native.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity