April 16, 2014

Bulldogs Hand Out Team Awards At Post Season Banquet

Six Players Honored

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale men's basketball team gathered on Wednesday night at the Course at Yale to celebrate a very successful season. The Bulldogs won 19 games, finished second in the Ivy League and reached the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com post-season Tournament. In addition to recognizing the team accomplishments, the individual awards were handed out at the banquet.

Sophomore Justin Sears was the recipient of the Dutch Arnold (MVP) and George McReynolds (Defense) Awards. Sears led the team in scoring (16.9 ppg.) and rebounding (6.8 rpg.) and became the first Yale sophomore since Chris Dudley in 1985 to earn first team All-Ivy recognition. In addition, Sears blocked 62 shots, which was second in the Ivy League.

The Stan Smith Senior Award was presented to Jesse Pritchard, the 2013-14 team captain who was third on the team with 24 three-pointers, including several important ones in big games.

Junior Matt Townsend received the Richard Derby Academic Award for the third straight year. Townsend, a molecular, cellular and developmental biology major, has a 4.0 grade point average through five semesters and was elected to the Yale Phi Beta Kappa society. In addition, he became only the eighth player in school history and first since David Tompkins in 1999 to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors.

The Eggie Miles Award as the team's top free throw shooter went to junior Javier Duren, who finished fifth in the Ivy League with an .815 percentage (150-of-184).

Sophomore Jack Montague was the recipient of the Most Improved Player Award. Montague appeared in 26 games off the bench and averaged 3.5 points this season. As a freshman, he played in only nine games. Montague was particularly effective in Yale's run in the CIT when he averaged 16 minutes and 6.6 points.

Anthony Dallier was named the John C. Cobb Award winner as the team's rookie of the year. Dallier appeared in 26 games, the most of any freshman.

The Josh Hill Award for hard work and dedication to the Yale Basketball program, was presented to junior Armani Cotton. Cotton battled through an injury to start 30 games and average 8.5 points and 5.4 rebounds.

In addition to the awards, Yale's three seniors – Pritchard, Isaiah Salafia and Jeremiah Kreisberg – were recognized.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity