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Bulldogs Cruise In Final Non Conference Game

Jack Montague. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jack Montague. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Routs Baruch 88-49

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale made the most of its final non-conference game. Jack Montague scored a career-high 15 points as the Bulldogs cruised to an 88-49 victory over Baruch College at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Twelve of the 14 players that saw action scored for Yale, which snapped a four-game losing streak. Matt Townsend was the only other player to reach double figures, finishing with 10 points. Armani Cotton, Greg Kelley and Brandon Sherrod each scored nine points, Isaiah Salafia added seven, and Jesse Pritchard and Javier Duren had six.

A balanced attack should serve Yale well as it gets ready to embark on the Ivy League odyssey.

"It's just a matter of feeling the game and seeing who is hot." said Duren, who added seven rebounds and six assists in his 22 minutes.

Perhaps the most encouraging sign for the Bulldogs was their three-point shooting. Entering the day, Yale had shot just 22.7 percent from beyond the arc in its last seven games. Against Baruch, Yale was 13-of-21 (61.9 percent).

"We got better shots today," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball.

Montague led the way. He finished 4-of-4 from three-point range and added six assists with no turnovers in 20 minutes.

"I thought [Jack] was good defensively, in finding teammates and in knocking down shots," Jones said. "Hopefully he can continue that going forward."

Baruch (7-7) kept the game close for the first 10 minutes. The Bearcats led 14-13 with 10:58 left before Yale used a 14-0 run to seize control. By halftime, the Bulldogs were in front by 31, 55-24.

Yale had assists on 26 of its 33 field goals in the game.

"We had been struggling to find each other," Duren said. "Today I thought we did an excellent job. We were selfless and our offense flowed better. It was a step forward."

The Bulldogs (6-8) shot 55.9 percent from the field and outrebounded the Bearcats 44-23.

Yale, which played a very challenging non-conference schedule, now turns its attention to Ivy play, which kicks off at home against Brown next Saturday.

"We're moving in the right direction," Duren said. "We'll come in on Monday [for practice] with our hard hats on." 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity