Yale Struggles Offensively In 65-51 Loss
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A poor offensive performance doomed Yale in its Ivy League opener. The Bulldogs shot just 32.8 percent from the field and were 4-of-22 from three-point range in falling 65-51 to Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
"I'm extremely disappointed with what we did offensively," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "Our offense was stale and stagnant. We didn't move enough to get good shots."
Greg Kelley led the Bulldogs with 11 points but was the only player in double figures. Austin Morgan and Michael Grace each finished with eight, and Jeremiah Kreisberg scored six. Armani Cotton grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.
"We have to work on spreading the court," said Morgan, who was harassed all game long by a Brown defense that came into the game second in the Ivy League in field goal percentage defense.
Sean McGonagill paced Brown (7-8, 1-0 Ivy) with 20 points. He was 8-of-15 from the field and added four assists in 38 minutes. Matt Sullivan added 13 points and Stephen Albrecht scored 11 for the Bears, who have won three straight.
It looked like Brown was going to cruise to an easy victory early in the second half. A McGonagill three-pointer gave the Bears a 49-28 lead with 14:35 left.
The Bulldogs (6-12, 0-1) then scored the next 14 points to get right back in it.
McGonagill, though, stopped the run with a big three-pointer. Yale cut it to eight on Javier Duren's layup, but the Bears answered with an 8-0 run to regain control.
The Bulldogs made four of their first six shots to start the game and led 9-6 but then went cold. Brown took advantage, using a 10-1 run to go ahead 17-10 midway through the first half. Yale pulled back within three, but the Bears stretched the lead back to nine, 33-24, at halftime.
The Bulldogs were 8-of-27 from the field in the first half, including 1-of-10 from three point range.
"We came out a little tight," said Jones, who had a number of players seeing their first significant minutes in Ivy play. "We had some open shots that we missed."
NOTES: It was Yale's bench that spearheaded the comeback in the second half. Kelley scored seven of his points during the 14-0 run, while Sam Martin hit a pair of three-pointers… The Bulldogs' reserves outscored Brown's 23-15 in the game… Yale assisted on only four of its 19 field goals… The Bulldogs grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, which led 17 second-chance points… The same two teams will play again next Saturday in New Haven. Tipoff at the John J. Lee Amphitheater is slated for 2 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity