February 7, 2014

Bulldogs Roll Over Dartmouth As Jones Earns 200th Career Victory

Sets Up Showdown With Harvard For First Place On Saturday

HANOVER, N.H. – One of its most complete performances of the season earned Yale an important Ivy League victory at Dartmouth. Brandon Sherrod led a balanced attack with 15 points as the Bulldogs cruised to a 67-54 win over the Big Green.

Yale (10-9, 4-1 Ivy) shot 52.5 percent from the field and more impressively held Dartmouth to just 29.8 percent.

"It was a tremendous defensive effort," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "It seemed like we were everywhere."

The victory was the 200th of Jones' career, all of which have come guiding the Bulldogs.

"I think of all my guys that have played for me that made it possible," Jones said.

Jones is only the second coach in school history to reach 200 wins and just the fourth coach to win 200 or more games at an Ivy League school.

A number of players had a role in win No. 200 for Jones. Sherrod was the only one to score in double figures but six others had at least five points. Justin Sears, Matt Townsend and Armani Cotton all finished with eight points, while Nick Victor, Anthony Dallier and Jesse Pritchard scored five apiece.

"We got a great contribution from our bench," Jones said.

Yale's reserves combined for 37 points.

At 4-1 in Ivy play, Yale trails first-place Harvard by one game. The Bulldogs and Crimson meet Saturday in Cambridge.

The Bulldogs, who have won three in a row, played a near flawless first half. Two free throws from John Golden gave Dartmouth a 2-0 lead, but Yale followed with a 10-1 run to seize control. The Big Green didn't make its first field goal until Brandon McDonnell's jumper nearly eight minutes in.

Yale was 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) from the field in the opening 20 minutes, while Dartmouth was just 4-of-25 (16 percent).

Sherrod then took over in the second half when he scored 13 of his points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 7-of-7 shooting from the foul line.

Eli Harrison finished with 12 points to lead Dartmouth (9-10, 2-3 Ivy).

NOTES: Yale dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Big Green 38-29. Sears led the way with 10 rebounds… Jack Montague gave Yale some solid minutes at point guard in the first half after Javier Duren picked up two quick fouls… The Bulldogs finished 7-of-12 from three-point range. Seven different players had one three-pointer. Cotton, Victor, Dallier, Pritchard and Greg Kelley were all 1-for-1 from beyond the arc… The Bulldogs had nine blocked shots in the game, led by Sears who had four… Yale has won nine of the last 10 games with Dartmouth… Saturday's game at Harvard is a 7 p.m. tip.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity