New England Rivals Meet In Second Round In Worcester
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's first postseason game in Lee Amphitheater turned out to be quite memorable. Justin Sears' three pointer with seven-tenths of a second remaining lifted the Bulldogs to a thrilling 69-68 victory over Quinnipiac in the first round of the CollegeInsider Tournament (CIT). To continue to advance Yale will have to win on the road. The second round takes Yale to Worcester, Mass., for a game at Holy Cross on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the Hart Center.
Quinnipiac's potent front court limited Sears to 11 points, nearly six below his team-leading average, but the Bulldogs had a number of players step up. Javier Duren, who had been hampered by an ankle injury late in the regular season, seemed to benefit from the 10-day break. He scored a team-high 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Matt Townsend contributed 12 points, and Jack Montague scored nine off the bench. The Bulldogs made 10 three-pointers in the game, their second most in a game this season.
Yale is participating in the postseason for the sixth time in school history and is making its second appearance in the CIT. Wednesday's win was the second in the post season for the Bulldogs, who beat Rutgers in the 2002 NIT.
It also was a milestone victory for James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale. He now has 206 victories, which ties him with Joe Vancisin as the school's all-time winningest men's basketball coach. Vancisin guided the Bulldogs from 1956 to 1975.
3 KEYS FOR YALE
Don't Fall In Love With The Three – The Bulldogs made 10 three-pointers Wednesday against Quinnipiac but are still at their best when they work the ball into the post.
Offensive Flow – Holy Cross is an excellent defensive team. The Crusaders have allowed an average of just 58.6 points over their last 16 games. Yale will need to move the ball to have success.
Slow Dudzinski – Dave Dudzinski is one of the top players in the Patriot League. A bruiser in the post, he had 18 points and nine rebounds against the Bulldogs last year.
Yale has won its last two games at the Hart Center and three straight overall against Holy Cross. Last January, Armani Cotton scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, his first career double-double, to lead the Bulldogs to a 61-54 victory. The score was tied at 51 with 2:45 left, but Yale scored the next six points. Holy Cross leads the all-time series 35-32.
SCOUTING HOLY CROSS
Holy Cross is taking part in postseason play for the 25th time in school history and the first time since the 2006-07 season. The Crusaders' victory over Brown in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament was their first in a national postseason tournament since defeating Notre Dame 78-73 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament in 2005, and only their second since 1981. The Crusaders (20-13) finished third in the Patriot League and have their most overall victories since going 25-9 in 2006-07. Dave Dudzinski was a first team All-Patriot League selection. In 33 games played, he is averaging 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, while hitting 75.5 percent of his free throws (114 of 155).
2014 COLLEGE INSIDER TOURNAMENT
The sixth annual CIT features a 32-team field made up of non-BCS programs not participating in the NCAA or NIT. All 31 games are played on campus sites. Future round opponents are determined after the results of the previous round. The second round is slated for Mar. 21-22, the quarterfinals are Mar. 25-27, the semifinals are Apr. 1 and the championship game is Apr. 3. Both the semifinals and the championship game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity