Morgan Named Co-Player Of Week; Sears Shares Rookie Honor
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A big overtime win over Brown on Saturday helped a pair of Yale players earn weekly honors from the Ivy League. Austin Morgan, who scored seven of Yale's 18 points in the extra period, was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Harvard's Christian Webster. Justin Sears, who paced the Bulldogs with 18 points, was named the Rookie of Week. Sears shared the honor with Harvard's Siyani Chambers.
Morgan opened overtime with a three-pointer and Yale never relinquished the lead. His four free throws in the final 1:34 helped seal the victory. Morgan finished 4-of-6 from three-point range. He now has 180 treys in his career, which is third in school history.
Morgan is eighth in the Ivy League in scoring (11.5 ppg.), second in free throw percentage (.894) and sixth in three-point field goals made (2.2 per game).
Morgan is the first Yale player to earn Player of the Week recognition since Greg Mangano '12 last February.
Sears was a key factor on both ends of the floor in the 76-64 win over Brown. Eleven of his team-high 18 points came in the second half, including five in the final 5:18 as the two teams went back and forth. In addition, he grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, four of which came on the offensive end. Defensively, he was only credited with one block, but he altered a number of other shots and was a big presence in the paint.
Sears is fifth in the league in rebounding (6.4 rpg.) and seventh in field goal percentage (.485).
The last Yale player to earn Rookie of the Week recognition was Jeremiah Kreisberg in 2011.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Friday when they play at defending Ivy League champion Harvard. Tip off in Cambridge, Mass., is slated for 7 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity