Downey Scores 16 Points To Pace Bulldogs
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Yale went cold from the field at the wrong time Wednesday against Bryant. The Bulldogs, who shot 65 percent in the first 28 minutes in building a double-digit lead, struggled offensively and defensively down the stretch in suffering a 79-70 loss at the Chace Athletic Center.
"I thought we got tight on offense," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "Our youth and inexperience showed in a way I haven't seen."
Yale, who played seven freshmen and sophomores, was led by Sam Downey, who was 8-of-9 from the field and finished with 16 points. Anthony Dallier and Miye Oni each scored nine points, and Blake Reynolds, Alex Copeland and Austin Williams contributed eight.
Marcel Pettway paced Bryant with 25 points and seven rebounds, while Nisre Zouzoua added 22 points.
When Dallier hit two free throws with 12:08 remaining, Yale had a seemingly comfortable 60-45 lead. The momentum, though, began to switch and Bryant slowly chipped away.
Ikenna Ndugba's three-pointer with six minutes left pulled Bryant within 64-58, and with four minutes remaining Yale's lead was down to two, 66-64, after a Zouzoua layup.
The Bulldogs pushed the advantage back to four on a couple of occasions, but their final basket was a Reynolds layup with 2:49 left.
Bryant then ran off the final 13 points of the game.
Bryant scored 46 points in the second half.
"We weren't very good defensively," Jones said. "They hurt us with dribble penetration and our interior defense was porous."
The Bulldogs also allowed 16 offensive rebounds and committed 18 turnovers, which Bryant turned into 20 points.
Yale (2-4) played a very solid first half in building a 41-33 lead. The Bulldogs shot 68 percent from the field and had 15 assists on their 17 field goals.
NOTES: Williams' eight points were a career high. He was 4-of-6 from the field in 15 minutes… Dallier had seven of Yale's 18 assists… Freshman Jordan Bruner scored six points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots as he continues to work his way back from injury… After playing five of their first six games on the road and traveling nearly 8,000 miles, the Bulldogs return to the friendly confines of Lee Amphitheater for three of their next four. It starts on Saturday when they host Albany. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. The Yale women play Albany in the second game of the doubleheader at 4 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity