Three Bulldogs Earn NABC Academic RecognitionThree 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.
NABC Honors Yale With Team Academic Excellence AwardThe 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.
Yale Honors Six Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior Student-Athlete ReceptionSix 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.
Team Awards Announced At Post Season BanquetThe 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.
Montague Elected 2015-16 CaptainJack 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.
AP Names Sears Honorable Mention All-AmericaJustin 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.
Sears, Duren Earn All-District Honors From NABCTwo 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.
NABC Names Jones District 13 Coach of the YearThe 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.
Jones Named Finalist For Hugh Durham National Coach Of YearJames 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.
Valiant Yale Effort In Ivy League Playoff Falls Just ShortAfter 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.
Two More Honors For JonesJames 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.
Yale Meets Harvard With NCAA Tournament Bid On LineFor 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.
Sears Earns USBWA HonorsJustin Sears, who leads the Bulldogs in scoring (14.4 ppg.), rebounding (7.6 rpg.) and blocked shots (72), has been named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association 2014-15 All-District I team.
Bulldogs Drop Last Second Heartbreaker At DartmouthYale’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.
Where To Watch Friday’s Yale-Harvard Basketball GameFriday’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.
Ivy League Title On Line As Bulldogs Close Out Regular SeasonIt 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.
Sears Earns Fifth Player Of Week AwardJustin Sears, who spearheaded a pair of Yale come-from-behind victories over the weekend, has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week for the fifth time this season.
Bulldogs Rally Past Penn; Remain Tied Atop Ivy LeagueYale 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.
Class of 2015 Has Shined On And Off CourtThis 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.
Final Home Weekend Brings Visits From Princeton, PennThe 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 Enjoying Success OverseasThree 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.
Highlights Of Yale's Victory Over CornellJustin 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.
Columbia Holds Off Yale 56-50Yale overcame an off shooting night in Friday's win over Cornell. The Bulldogs weren’t as fortunate 24 hours later against Columbia. Yale was just 19-of-52 overall from the field, 5-of-22 from three-point range and 7-of-16 from the foul line against the Lions. The result was a 56-50 Columbia victory that dropped the Bulldogs into second place in the Ivy League.
First-Place Bulldogs Host Cornell, ColumbiaThe Bulldogs begin the second go-round of Ivy League play by hosting Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday. Tip off on both nights is slated for 7 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Bulldogs Roll Over Penn 75-48Yale put on a clinic Friday at the Palestra. The Bulldogs shot 54 percent from the field, were even better from three-point range (54.5 percent) and held Penn to 35 percent shooting en route to a surprisingly easy 75-48 win over the Quakers.
Bulldogs Head South For Important Road WeekendAs they approach the halfway point of the Ivy League season, the Bulldogs find themselves right in the thick of the race for the conference title. Yale (5-1) is tied for first place with Harvard as it heads back on the road this weekend, visiting Penn on Friday at 7 p.m. before a 6 p.m. Valentine’s Day date with Princeton. The Tigers sit in third place at 3-2.
Authentic Ivy: Yale's Matt TownsendYale men's basketball student-athlete Matt Townsend talks about life as an Ivy League student-athlete and recently being named a Rhodes scholar.
Duren Reaches 1,000 Career Point Mark But Yale Falls To HarvardYale picked an inopportune time to have an off night from the field. Harvard, one of the top defensive teams in the nation, held the Bulldogs to 31.5 percent from the field en route to an important 52-50 Ivy League victory before a jam packed crowd at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Balanced Attack Helps Bulldogs Stay Undefeated In Ivy PlayJustin Sears and Javier Duren did much of the heavy lifting to help Yale to its 4-0 start in Ivy League play. Friday against Dartmouth it was time for others to play more prominent roles. Jack Montague scored a career-high 19 points, and the bench contributed 27 points as the Bulldogs rolled to an 81-66 victory over Dartmouth at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.