Bulldogs Clinch Second Place In Ivy League Despite Loss In Season Finale

Anthony Dallier. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Anthony Dallier. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Expects Postseason Bid

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The regular season didn't end the way Yale hoped it would, but the Bulldogs still expect to play more basketball this season.

Alex Mitola scored 29 points, including 17 in the decisive second half, as Dartmouth upset Yale 69-61 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Despite the loss, the Bulldogs (15-13, 9-5 Ivy) finish in sole possession of second place in the Ivy League, their best finish since 2006-07.

Yale would seem to be positioned well to earn a berth in one of the postseason tournaments.

Justin Sears had another big night for the Bulldogs, finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Javier Duren added 12 points and three assists and Armani Cotton scored seven points.

The game featured nine ties and seven lead changes. The final tie was at 46 with 7:49 left. The Big Green (12-16, 5-9 Ivy) then scored seven straight points to seize control. Yale pulled back within four on two Sears free throws with 3:46 remaining, but Mitola answered immediately with a three-pointer, and the Bulldogs never got closer than five the rest of the way.

One night after an emotional loss to Harvard, Yale had a hard time finding any rhythm against the Big Green. The Bulldogs shot just 36.2 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers.

Mitola, meanwhile, carried Dartmouth. He was 9-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-10 from three-point range.

Brandon McDonnell added 11 points and John Golden scored 10 for the Big Green, who completed an impressive road weekend sweep. Dartmouth won at Brown on Friday.

Dartmouth shot 50 percent (10-of-20) from the field in the second half.

NOTES: The game was the final regular season appearance in Lee Amphitheater for Yale's three seniors – Jeremiah Kreisberg, Jesse Pritchard and Isaiah Salafia. The three, who helped lead Yale to 63 wins over the last four years, were honored in a pre-game ceremony…  The Bulldogs had a 38-24 rebounding edge over the Big Green. Yale has outrebounded its last 11 opponents… Yale finished with a winning Ivy League record for the fifth time in the last six years… The win snapped a 14-game losing streak for Dartmouth in Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity