Trip To Lafayette On Tap
Second Of Three Straight Road Games For Yale
TV: Lafayette Sports Network (DirecTV Channel 60, Dish Network Channel 8169)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A busy stretch for the Bulldogs continues when they travel to Easton, Pa., to meet Lafayette on Tuesday. Tipoff at the Kirby Sports Center is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Lafayette Sports Network (more information below).
Yale (2-3) is coming off an 81-54 loss to a very good Mercer team on Saturday in Macon, Ga. Sophomore Justin Sears continued his outstanding early-season play, scoring 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds in 32 minutes against the Bears. Sears (18.2 ppg., 8.2 rpg.) is third in the Ivy League in scoring and rebounding, and his numbers have improved significantly in both categories from last season when he averaged 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds.
The Bulldogs feature two of the Ivy League's top five scorers. Javier Duren is fifth in the league, averaging 16.4 points. Duren had 13 points, four assists and a career-high four steals against Mercer. The Bulldogs' three losses have come against teams that currently have a combined 13-5 overall record, including a heartbreaking 72-71 loss at Rutgers in a game they led for much of the second half.
Tuesday is the second of three straight road games for Yale, who is at Hartford on Saturday. In all, the Bulldogs play six of their first seven games away from home. Yale is back in Lee Amphitheater on Dec. 4 against Bryant.
3 Keys For Yale
Limit Fouls: Lafayette is excellent from the free throw line, making nearly 80 percent. The Bulldogs need to limit opportunities.
Production From Bench: Yale's reserves contributed only nine points against Mercer and 14 last Tuesday in the win over Sacred Heart. With 10 players averaging at least 6.5 minutes, more production is needed.
Offensive Execution: Lafayette is allowing nearly 85 points per game. If the Bulldogs move the ball and make the extra pass, they should be able to get quality shots.
The Lafayette Sports Network is available on RCN's cable systems in major markets along the East Coast. RCN subscribers in Boston (226,000), New York City, (250,000), Philadelphia (382,000) and Washington, D.C. (131,000) will be able to watch the game live on the RCN-TV network. Nationally, the telecast will be picked up by DIRECTV and DISH Network outlets, through WBPH-60 and the Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). The game will be available live on WBPH-60, located on channel 60 on DIRECTV and 8169 on DISH Network.
• Javier Duren has scored in double figures in all five games this season. He reached double figures five times last season. Duren is fourth in the Ivy League in assists (3.6 per game) and sixth in free throw percentage (.844).
• Jesse Pritchard is shooting 46.2 percent from three-point range, which is fifth in the Ivy League.
• In the last two games, Justin Sears is averaging 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds.
Yale and Lafayette are playing for the first time since 2000, an 85-77 Lafayette victory at the Golden Bear Classic in California. Overall, the teams are meeting for the 17th time, and Yale leads the series 9-7. The Bulldogs' last visit to Kirby Sports Arena came in 2002, when they lost to Penn in an Ivy League playoff game that determined the league's NCAA automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Leopards (0-4) have lost their last two games in overtime, falling 81-80 at Princeton and 91-88 at NJIT on Saturday. Four players average double figures in scoring, led by Seth Hinrichs at 19.5 ppg. Bryce Scott (18.3 ppg.), Dan Trist (16.3 ppg.) and Joey Ptasinski (12.0 ppg.) are the others. Trist leads the team in rebounding (7.3 rpg.). Fran O'Hanlon is the all-time winningest coach in Lafayette and Patriot League history and the longest-tenured coach in the conference. He is in his 19th season as the Leopards' head coach. A three-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, O'Hanlon has twice led Lafayette's program to the NCAA Tournament and lays claim to three Patriot League regular-season titles.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity