Gaels Top Yale 78-62
MORAGA, Calif. – Two days after playing in his hometown of Reno against Nevada, Austin Morgan had another memorable day for the Yale men's basketball team. Morgan became the 25th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. It wasn't enough to power the Bulldogs to victory, though.
Matthew Dellavedora scored 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field and added six assists as defending West Coast Conference champion Saint Mary's topped Yale 78-62 before 2,814 at McKeon Pavilion.
Perhaps fittingly, Morgan reached the milestone on a three-pointer in the second half. He now has 170 career treys, which is fourth all-time at Yale.
Greg Mangano '12 was the last Yale player to reach the 1,000-career point mark. He did it last year in the home game with Harvard.
The game was a homecoming for Jeremiah Kreisberg, a Berkeley, Calif., native. Kreisberg attended Saint Mary's Basketball Camp several times as a youngster. He is a graduate of the Head-Royce School where he helped lead the team to the quarterfinals of the state tournament for the first time in school history in his senior year. He was a two-time BCL East League Most Valuable Player and earned California Division 5 all-state recognition as both a junior and senior. Kreisberg finished with seven points and six rebounds.
Yale saw first hand why Saint Mary's is one of the top shooting teams in the nation. The Gaels (10-3) shot 51.6 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.
The Bulldogs did hold their own on the boards. Saint Mary's, which entered the game outrebounding its opponents by nearly 10 a game, had only a 41-38 advantage.
Yale had 22 offensive rebounds but turned them into only 10 second-chance points.
The score was tied at 4-4 three minutes in, but the Gaels ran off 10 straight points to seize control.
The lead remained 10, 40-30, at halftime.
Saint Mary's opened the second half with a 10-0 run. The Bulldogs got back within 13, 56-43, on a Kreisberg three-pointer with 12:58 left, but the Gaels answered with eight straight points to seal it.
NOTES: Kelley finished 4-of-5 from three-point range en route to his career-high 14-point performance… Justin Sears finished with nine points, seven rebounds and three steals in 21 minutes… The Bulldogs had 16 assists on their 24 field goals. Michael Grace led the way with six… Freshman Nick Victor contributed five points, three rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes off the bench… Yale's bench outscored Saint Mary's 35-23… Saint Mary's is one of only five Division I programs to win 25 or more games each of the past five seasons. Last year, the Gaels won the West Coast Conference title and fell to Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament… Saint Mary's hosts Harvard on Monday… The Bulldogs conclude their three-game post holiday road trip at Iowa State on New Year's Day.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity