Montague’s Big Night Helps Bulldogs Cruise Past Cornell

Jack Montague (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jack Montague (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Wins Seventh Straight; Remains Atop Ivy Standings

ITHACA, N.Y. – Jack Montague picked an important time to have a career night. Montague, who saw his minutes increase with the absence of injured point guard Javier Duren, made five three-pointers en route to scoring 18 points as Yale cruised to an 82-65 victory over Cornell at Newman Arena.

"Jack was tremendous," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "He gave us a huge boost."

Montague finished 5-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-7 from three-point range.

"They left us with a lot of open 3's," said Montague, who scored in double figures for only the second time this season. "I felt hot and just tried to take what they were giving us."

Montague had plenty of support. Isaiah Salafia started in Duren's place and orchestrated a very successful Yale offense. The Bulldogs shot 53.1 percent from the field.  

Justin Sears led Yale with 19 points and Brandon Sherrod added 13 points and seven rebounds.

"Our offense flowed very well, and we shared the ball," Montague said.

The victory was the seventh straight for the Bulldogs, their longest winning streak since the 2001-02 season.

Yale (14-9, 8-1 Ivy) remains tied with Harvard for first place in the Ivy League. The Crimson knocked off Penn 83-63 at the Palestra.

The 8-1 Ivy start is Yale's best since 2001-02.

Yale played a near flawless first half, shooting 60.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range in building a 45-31 lead. Montague made four of his 3's in the opening 20 minutes.

The Big Red pulled to within seven early in the second half but never got closer.

Yale's bench outscored Cornell's reserves 37-10.

"I have great confidence in all our players, and tonight our bench was tremendous," Jones said.

Cornell (2-21, 1-8 Ivy) was determined to pack in its defense and keep the Bulldogs out of the paint. Yale, though, found other ways to score. Sears, who can normally be found creating havoc near the basket, simply stepped outside and made a number of open jump shots from the top of the key.

"Justin can score in a variety of ways," Jones said.

Sears finished 7-of-12 from the field and added five rebounds and three assists.

As has been the case throughout the seven-game winning streak, the Bulldogs controlled the boards, outrebounding Cornell 35-26.

Yale also continued to get to the foul line. The Bulldogs were 25-of-34 from the line.

Devin Cherry had a big game for Cornell, scoring a game-high 29 points. Nolan Cressler was the only other Big Red player to reach double figures. He finished with 11 points.

NOTES: Nick Victor had another solid all-around game with nine points, six assists and a block… Armani Cotton also scored nine points and had five rebounds, while Matt Townsend contributed eight points and four rebounds… The Bulldogs will spend the night in Ithaca before making the long drive to New York on Saturday. Yale doesn't play Columbia until Sunday because the game is being televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Tipoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity