Three players who were part of the 2014-15 team that shared the Ivy League championship have earned an academic honor. Greg Kelley ’15, Matt Townsend ’15 and rising senior Nick Victor have been named to the NABC Honors Court, which recognizes those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.
The 2014-15 season was certainly memorable for Yale on the court. The Bulldogs shared the Ivy League title and won more games than any Yale team since 1948-49, including a victory over defending national champion UConn. The team was also quite successful in the classroom. The Bulldogs were one of the recipients of a Team Academic Excellence Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Six seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The men’s fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Midfielder/forward Frannie Coxe (San Clemente, Calif.) of the women’s soccer team and midfielder James Tjarksen (Hartland, Wisc.) of the men’s lacrosse team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Matt Townsend (Chappaqua, N.Y.) of the men’s basketball team and Caroline Rouse (St. Louis, Mo.) of the women’s golf team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Javier Duren (St. Louis, Mo.) of the men’s basketball team and Marika Liu (Beverly Hills, Calif.) of the women’s golf team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.
The 2014-15 Yale men’s basketball team gathered in the Kiphuth Trophy Room inside Payne Whitney Gym to celebrate a very successful season on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs won 22 games, including a thrilling victory over defending NCAA champion UConn, and shared the Ivy League championship, Yale’s first since 2001-02. The 22 wins were the most by a Yale team since 1948-49. As part of the festivities, the annual team awards were presented.
Jack Montague had a breakout junior season for the Yale men’s basketball team. He started all 32 games and led the team with 67 three-pointers, including one in the final seconds that lifted the Bulldogs to a thrilling victory over defending national champion UConn in December. As a senior next year, Montague will serve as the Yale captain. The announcement was made at the annual post season banquet on Wednesday night following a team vote.
Justin Sears has earned another prestigious honor. The Associated Press has named Sears Honorable Mention All-America. He becomes the first Yale player to earn All-America recognition since Butch Graves in 1984.
Two players who helped Yale to its most overall wins in more than 60 years and a share of the Ivy League title have been honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Junior Justin Sears was named to the District 13 first team, while senior Javier Duren was a second team selection.
The honors continue to come in for James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men’s Basketball at Yale. Jones, who guided the Bulldogs to 22 wins and a share of the Ivy League title, has been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches UPS District 13 Coach of the Year.
James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men’s Basketball at Yale who guided the Bulldogs to their most victories in more than 60 years, is one of 16 finalists for the 2015 Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year award.
Saturday’s Yale-Harvard Ivy League playoff men's basketball game is being syndicated by the American Sports Network and is available on outlets across the nation, including NESN Plus and COZI in Connecticut.
After finishing with identical 11-3 records and splitting a pair of hard-fought games during the regular season, it was only fitting that Saturday’s Ivy League playoff game between Yale and Harvard went down to the wire. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it would end in heartbreaking fashion.
James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, who on Wednesday was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year, has picked two more honors. Jones is one of 16 finalists for the 2015 Skip Prosser Man of the Year award and one of 16 finalists for the 2015 Ben Jobe award.
For the third time in school history, Yale will play in an Ivy League playoff. The Bulldogs meet Harvard on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Palestra in Philadelphia with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The game will be syndicated by the American Sports Network and also be available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
Justin Sears’ outstanding junior season has resulted in a big honor. Sears, who leads the team in scoring (14.4 ppg.), rebounding (7.6 rpg.) and blocked shots (72), has been named the Ivy League Player of the Year, the first Bulldog to win the award since Paul Maley in 1988.
The 2015 Ivy League Men's Basketball Playoff between co-champions Yale and Harvard will take place at The Palestra in Philadelphia on Saturday, March 14 at 4 p.m. The game will be shown live by the American Sports Network and ESPN3.
Yale’s NCAA Tournament aspirations will have to wait another week.Gabas Maldunas’ layup with five-tenths-of-a-second left off an inbounds play lifted Dartmouth to a stunning 59-58 victory over the Bulldogs at Leede Arena.
Friday’s Yale-Harvard men’s basketball game is being syndicated by the American Sports Network and is available on outlets across the nation, including NESN and SNY in Connecticut. The link below has the complete list of where to watch the game.
Yale is one win away from an NCAA Tournament berth. Javier Duren scored 22 points, and Armani Cotton added 14 as Yale clinched at least a share of the Ivy League title with a thrilling 62-52 victory over Harvard before a raucous sell-out crowd of 2,195 at Lavietes Pavilion.
It could be a very memorable weekend for Yale, which enters the final two games of Ivy League play tied with Harvard for first place. The Bulldogs have a chance to grab sole possession of the league lead when they meet the Crimson on Friday at 8 p.m. at Lavietes Pavilion. The game is being syndicated by the American Sports Network and will be available in Connecticut on SNY and NESN. Yale then closes out the regular season at Dartmouth on Saturday at 7 p.m. A victory Friday would earn the Bulldogs at least a share of the title and a sweep would secure an outright championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Yale made all the key plays down the stretch Saturday against Penn, and as a result, the Bulldogs will enter the final weekend of the regular season tied for first place in the Ivy League. Javier Duren scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the second half as Yale rallied to knock off a pesky Quaker squad 55-50 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
This year’s senior class has been one of the most successful on the court in the long history of Yale Basketball. Armani Cotton, Javier Duren, Greg Kelley and Matt Townsend have helped the Bulldogs to 71 victories entering this weekend, the most of any four-year stretch at Yale since 1908.
Yale played perhaps its best 10 minutes of the season when it needed it the most. Trailing 47-39 with 13:41 left, the Bulldogs outscored Princeton 42-13 the rest of the way en route to an 81-60 victory before an enthusiastic crowd at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Senior Matt Townsend’s outstanding work on the court and in the classroom has earned him a very prestigious honor. Townsend has been named the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for Division I men’s basketball.
The final home weekend of the regular season has important ramifications for the Bulldogs, who sit in second place in the Ivy League, one game behind first-place Harvard. Yale (19-8, 8-2 Ivy) hosts Princeton on Friday night and Penn on Saturday. Both games are 7 p.m. tips and can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network. Saturday’s game against the Quakers also is available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
Three former Bulldogs are enjoying considerable success playing professionally overseas. Greg Mangano ‘12 is with Karhu Kauhajoki in Finland, Reggie Willhite ’12 is in Germany with Finke Baskets Paderborn and Sam Martin ’13 is playing for the Durham Wildcats in England.
Justin Sears (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Armani Cotton (10 points, 11 rebounds) both posted double-doubles, and Javier Duren added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists as the Bulldogs knocked off Cornell 62-51. Here are highlights from the win.