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Winning Streak Reaches Seven; Bulldogs Knock Off Penn 81-58

Justin Sears (Don Clark photo)
Justin Sears (Don Clark photo)

Sherrod 7-of-7 From Field, Scores 19 Points To Pace Yale

NEW HAVEN, Conn.  – It was another perfect night from the field for Brandon Sherrod. And it was a pretty near flawless night for the rest of the Bulldogs as well. Sherrod made all seven of his shots from the field and scored 19 points to lead Yale to an impressive 81-58 victory over Penn at a ramped up John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Sherrod, who scored 24 points in last Friday's win at Brown on 9-of-9 shooting, has made his last 17 shots in all dating back to the first Brown game on Jan. 16.

"They were all point blank," said Sherrod of his performance against the Quakers. "My teammates are finding me. When I get it deep in the paint, it should be two points."

It was a pretty good shooting night for all of the Bulldogs, who were 30-of-50 for the game, including 16-of-24 in the second half.

Justin Sears added 16 points, Makai Mason scored 14 and Jack Montague chipped in nine.

Matt Howard paced Penn (6-10, 0-2 Ivy) with 17 points.

Yale (12-5, 3-0 Ivy) has won seven straight, its longest winning streak since 2013-14, and is tied with Columbia (3-0) atop the Ivy League standings. Princeton is 2-0 after winning at Brown. The Bulldogs and Tigers play Saturday night at Lee Amphitheater.

Yale scored the first eight points of the game and never relinquished the lead. The Quakers pulled to within two late in the first half, but the Bulldogs closed the half on a 10-2 run to take a 41-31 lead into the locker room.

By six minutes into the second half, Yale was ahead by 16, and the lead grew to as many as 25 late in the second half.

The Bulldogs, who are among the national leaders in rebounding margin and offensive rebounds, again dominated on the glass, outrebounding Penn 41-25.

"That's what we do. That's who we are," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs.

Nick Victor had another terrific all-around performance for Yale. He had a team-high nine rebounds to go along with three blocks, two assists and a steal in 29 minutes.

"Nick got a lot of tough rebounds," Jones said.

Sherrod has now scored in double figures in each of the last four games and is averaging 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds during the stretch.

With teams playing close attention to Sears, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, it is opening up the lane for Sherrod.

"A lot of my success is because the other teams are honing in on Justin," Sherrod said.

Yale also did the job at the defensive end, holding Penn to 40 percent.

"Defensively we did a really good job the entire game," Jones said.

The Bulldogs got a nice contribution from the bench as well. Sam Downey was 3-of-4 from the field and scored seven points, while Anthony Dallier made all three of his shots to contribute six points.

NOTES: Yale actually shot better from the field than it did from the foul line. The Bulldogs were just 17-of-33 (51.5 percent) from the charity stripe… Victor was 2-of-2 from three-point range… Saturday's game against Princeton will be available on both the Ivy League Digital Network and ESPN3… The Bulldogs will be looking for their first eight-game winning streak since the 1961-62 team ended the regular season on a nine-game streak… Yale has now won seven straight over Penn… The Bulldogs are 7-0 at home this season.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity